Turkey’s ruling AK Party to discuss call for early election

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish deputy prime minister said the ruling AK Party would discuss a suggestion by the nationalist MHP party to hold the presidential election in August this year, more than a year before the November 2019 scheduled date.

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 9, 2018. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

MHP leader Devlet Bahceli suggested on Tuesday bringing forward the presidential election, saying it was difficult for the country to “stand current circumstances” until November 2019.

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“The party’s official institutions will make an evaluation and a statement will be made afterwards,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters. President Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet Bahceli on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli addresses his supporters during a rally for the upcoming referendum, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Turkey’s lira weakened to 4.1103 by 0941 GMT (5.41 a.m. ET), from 4.0865 before Bahceli’s comments. The Borsa Istanbul main stock exchange index fell more than 2 percent.

Turkey held a referendum a year ago which introduced a presidential system and granted Erdogan much greater powers.

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