Erdogan rejected the possibility of early presidential elections

The Turkish president's administration rejected calls for early elections, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential term expected to last until 2028.

Local government elections were held in Turkey on March 31. According to preliminary data, the opposition Republican People's Party (RPP) is ahead of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for the first time in 20 years. The opposition mayors of the major cities - Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir - retained their posts after narrow victories against their opponents. Experts pointed to the difficult economic situation in the country as the reason for the failure of the management team.

"The main thing to emphasize is that the presidential system cannot generate electoral demands to the government and parliament based on the results of local elections. Even in the parliamentary system, the question of the influence of local elections on general elections is decided in extremely rare cases and to think that such an effect will have in the presidential system are just empty dreams. Maybe there are people who dream of such fantasies, but the system rejects such consolations," wrote the advisor to the Turkish leader Mehmet Uçum on the X social network.

According to him, those who make calculations for early general (presidential and parliamentary) elections based on the results of the vote at the local level, "should not try in vain".

"During the four-year period without elections, which will last until 2028, Turkey will pursue a policy of reforms in all areas. President Erdogan will lead Turkey to new stages depending on the prospect of an independent and strong Turkey. No one should doubt that," the adviser noted. /BGNES