Constitutional change to be implemented with Nov. 2019 elections


Expected changes to the Turkish constitution will be fully implemented with the presidential elections scheduled for November 2019, President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday, in an apparent response to a suggestion for early polls.

Erdoğan’s comments came after the head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) party suggested holding presidential elections in August this year.

Turks backed a constitutional change last year to change the constitution and grant Erdoğan sweeping powers. The changes are due to become effective in the next elections.

Erdoğan to meet with MHP leader

Erdoğan also said that he would meet with the head of the MHP, after Devlet Bahçeli floated the prospect of an early election.

The ruling AK Party and the MHP will enter the next elections under an electoral alliance.

Erdoğan said he would meet with Bahceli on Wednesday.

Operation Olive Branch

Erdoğan also revealed that a total of 4,205 terrorists were neutralized in Syria’s Afrin region, while 214 and 341 were neutralized in Turkey and northern Iraq respectively.

“Since the onset of Operation Olive Branch, 4,205 terrorists have been neutralized. Since Jan. 20, a total of 550 PKK terrorists have been neutralized – 209 domestically and 341 in northern Iraq,” Erdoğan said.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

“Syria can be rebuilt with cost of bombs of those who want to destroy it”

“Syria can be rebuilt with the cost of the bombs of those who want to destroy it. These render the term aid void for their own interests, which include oil and metals. We won’t do this. We will continue to help the oppressed through our foundations that are able to conduct its operations on a global level,” he said

A sharp rebuke of Macron

“Someone came out and said that they managed to drive a wedge between Turkey and Russia. The foundation of our foreign policy is built on increasing the number of allies. Let’s see how their friendship fares so that we can walk with them. Ever since we managed to take matters into our hands, we realized that we have no need for anyone. We will be in a much better place tomorrow.”

Erdoğan’s comments came after Macron confessed in an interview that joint strikes conducted by France, Britain and the United States targeted Ankara’s relations with Moscow.

“With those strikes we have separated the Russians and the Turks on this. The Turks condemned the chemical weapons,” Macron said in an interview broadcasted by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news.

FETÖ ringleader to be brought to Turkey ‘sooner or later’

Erdogan said on Tuesday that Fetullah Terrorist Organization’s (FETÖ) U.S.-based ringleader Fetullah Gulen will be brought to Turkey “sooner or later.”

“The situation of the head of these terrorists, who feels safe in Pennsylvania, will not be different. Sooner or later we will get to him,” said Erdogan.

Erdogan said FETÖ terrorists “who betrayed this country, will get a befitting response.”

FETÖ orchestrated the defeated July 2016 coup in Turkey which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

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