Six candidates will participate in the presidential elections, according to the final list of the Supreme Board of Election.
The decision of the Supreme Board of Election was published in the official gazette on early Sunday.
The candidates in alphabetical order are: Dogu Perincek, Meral Aksener, Muharrem Ince, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Selahattin Demirtas and Temel Karamollaoglu.
This April, the parliament passed a bill for early elections on June 24, cementing Turkey’s move to a presidential system.
In an April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters approved the switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.
Turkey’s president addresses young ruling party members
Looking back at Turkey’s past and ahead to rising generations, the president on Friday addressed young supporters of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the capital Ankara. Speaking at a congress of the AK Party’s Ankara youth branches, attended by young party members from throughout Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan compared Turkey from before the party’s rise to power over 15 years ago to the years since.“To provide such great services, we owe it to our faith and dreams,” he said at an Ankara sports complex. Erdoğan’s UK visit to boost ties, says British envoyHe recalled a 1993 explosion at a waste disposal area in Istanbul — before he became mayor of Turkey’s largest city — which triggered an avalanche that killed 39 people.“But now we built a sports complex there,” he said.Erdoğan was mayor of Istanbul — the home of nearly one-fifth of Turkeys’ population — from 1994 to 1998, before founding the AK Party in 2001.“There is no other [political] party in Turkey that trusts in young people and relies on them as much as we do,” Erdoğan said.Turkish parliament authorizes cabinet to issue decreesHe also pointed out how in last’s year AK Party-supported constitutional referendum, the minimum age of eligibility for parliament was lowered from 25 to 18, enabling younger people to seek seats as deputies.Speaking before Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also addressed the crowd of around 25,000 supporters. “You are not only illuminating our beautiful country, but the entire region,” Yıldırım told the young AK Party members. Erdoğan’s party to reveal election candidates on May 25On June 24, Turkey will hold both presidential and parliamentary early elections. Erdoğan, Turkey’s first popularly elected president, has served at the post since 2014. Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014. If he wins the June 24 election, Erdoğan would be Turkey’s first leader under the presidential system, doing away with the prime minister’s post, among other changes.
Turkish parliament authorizes cabinet to issue decrees
Turkish parliament on Thursday passed a bill, authorizing the cabinet to issue decrees and to change legislation pertaining to constitutional reforms.In the April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters approved the switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.Under the changes, the number of lawmakers in parliament rises to 600 from 550, presidential and parliamentary elections are held every five years, and presidents can retain ties to their political party. The prime minister post is also abolished.On June 24, Turkey will hold both presidential and parliamentary elections.Turkey’s first popularly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has served at the top post since 2014. Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014.Should he win the June 24 election, Erdogan would be Turkey’s first leader under the presidential system.