Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan didn’t call snap elections for domestic political purposes, he brought the vote forward because of the security threat posed by an impending U.S.-led war with Iran, said Ibrahim Karagül, editor-in-chief of the Yeni Safak newspaper.
Turkey faces a grave security threat to its south as Israel mounts air bombardments in Syria and after Hezbollah won elections in Lebanon, creating more political tension with Iran, Karagül said.
Erdoğan and Turkey need to introduce a full presidential system of government to more effectively combat threats to the country’s security. It now appears that a regional war against Iran could even start prior to the June 24 elections, Karagül said.
The precursor to the war was a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the multilateral accord on Iran’s nuclear programme, he said.
A decision by Erdoğan to invade northern Syria to combat Kurdish terrorists helped secure Turkey’s northern border after he foiled a coup plot against his government in July 2016. Now Turkey needs to defend its southern border against a possible overflow of political and military chaos, Karagül wrote.
Opposition political parties are playing “small games”, seeking to defeat Erdoğan and hence compromise the nation’s security, he said.