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Turkey presidential election could be held ahead of schedule, report says

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BERLIN (Sputnik) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may hold the next presidential election as early as this autumn as the country’s economic situation is expected to improve soon, German newspaper Welt said. Am Sontag reported on Sunday. European External Action Agency (EEAS) and his EU diplomat.

Turkey’s next presidential and parliamentary elections are currently scheduled for mid-June 2023, but the dates could change in the near future, according to sources and officials cited by the news outlet.

Turkey’s sluggish economy is expected to pick up in the short term with tourism revenue coming in this summer, so early presidential elections are highly likely.

The news agency, citing data from the Turkish Institute of Statistics, showed that tourism brought in $8.7 billion to Ankara from April to June, a 190% increase over the previous year.

At the same time, high energy prices, exacerbated by unfavorable exchange rates, could have a negative impact on consumers, so voters, especially during the winter, said EEAS sources and EU diplomats said: It is quoted as having

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Meanwhile, according to Wert am Sonntag, Erdogan’s international activities as an intermediary between the West and Russia, his threat to invade northern Syria, and the resumption of gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean were spurred on him before the presidential election. It may indicate the president’s desire to improve his position.

This year, the Turkish economy faced another set of challenges stemming from the geopolitical crisis in Europe. This has fueled global inflation and pushed fuel prices to all-time highs. The country’s annual inflation rate has accelerated sharply and Turkey’s own currency continues to depreciate.

Opposition politicians have accused Erdogan of dragging the country into an economic crisis and called for an early postponement of the 2023 elections. Turkey’s president insists elections will go ahead as scheduled.



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