Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s junior coalition partner Delvet Baheçli on Monday dismissed reports of early general and presidential elections, saying they will take place in 2023 as scheduled, when his far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will back Erdoğan as a presidential candidate.
“The presidential and parliamentary election will take place in June 2023. Nobody should hold any other hopes in vain,’’ Duvar news site quoted Bahçeli as saying in a written statement.
A deepening economic crisis after the COVID-19 pandemic and growing reports of strife within the AKP have raised speculation that the country could be headed for elections well before the scheduled date, but government officials have rejected speculation about snap elections.
The presidential candidate for Turkey’s ruling People’s Alliance will be President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Bahçeli added.
Erdoğan and the long-time leader of the ultra-nationalist, extreme-right Nationalist MHP formed an alliance after the failed coup attempt of July 2016. Their alliance was formalised when the two parties formed what they called a People’s Alliance ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections of June 2018.
The MHP will work “until the end’’ in supporting Erdoğan in the 2023 presidential election, Bahçeli said.