The Supreme Electoral Board of Türkiye (YSK) back this Thursday to the current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his candidacy for the May elections. This way, they rejected the appeal presented by the oppositionin which they indicated that the president should not be endorsed to appear on the ballots since He served his two terms.
The bloc maintains that the Magna Carta stipulates that each of the presidential terms must last five years, something that Erdogan has already fulfilled, and added that this article remained “intact during the constitutional reform of 2017″, so the legislation says ” exactly the same, that a person can only be elected twice for the Presidency.
The President of the YSK commented that the body’s position was given “unanimously” -despite the appeal- and with the support of articles 77, 101, 106 and 116 of the National Constitution, the newspaper reported. Hurriyet.
With this resolution, the candidates for the presidency of Turkey will be four: the leader of the opposition, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Muharrem Ince, sinan ogan and his own erdoğan.
“After this decision, there are four candidates left. (…) Their names will be included in the Official State Gazette”, indicated the YSK.
The President had confirmed at the end of January, during an act in Busa, that the elections would be held on may 14even, despite the disasters caused by the earthquake that shook an area of the country and the border, Syria.
These could be the most important elections in decades in Turkey, since it will depend on them whether the nation takes a more democratic course or maintains the increasingly authoritarian course that Erdogan has undertaken.
Erdogan has ruled Türkiye since 2003. First, he served as Prime Minister and, later, in 2014arrived at the presidencywhere it has remained ever since.
However, despite his nearly ten years in office, these elections may not be so easy for the president as the country grapples with a failing economy, runaway inflation and the aftermath of the earthquake.
This episode has angered many citizens who criticized the official response before the tragedy and they even accused the officials of not having prepared the buildings in the area to deal with this type of tremors. This has even had a negative impact on the figure of the Turkish leader who, according to the latest polls, ranks behind Kiliçdaroglu.
On the other hand, in an electoral setback for the President, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and its pro-Kurdish allies announced last week that they will not present a candidate for these elections. This means that the chances of opposition formations uniting against Erdogan’s re-election are increased.
From the HDP -the third largest party in the Turkish Parliament, with more than 10% of the support in the country- they commented that “in the elections we will assume our responsibility against the one-man government”.
(With information from Reuters, AP and Reuters)
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