Turkiye President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announces that the country’s General elections will be held on 14th May 2023.
President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech that “This nation will do what is necessary on May 14, God willing”.
There had been speculations that the timing of the presidential and parliamentary elections since last month’s earthquake, with some suggesting they could be postponed until later in the year or could be held as scheduled on 18th June.
Before the devastating earthquake, Erdogan’s popularity had been eroded by the soaring cost of living and a slump in the lira. He has since faced a wave of criticism over his government’s response to the deadliest quake in the nation’s modern history.
President Erdogan, aiming to extend his rule into a third decade, previously said he was bringing the votes forward to May to avoid holidays in June. Polls suggest they would present his biggest electoral challenge yet.
Doubts had been expressed about the ability of election authorities to prepare and make logistical arrangements for the voting of those affected in the quake zone, home to some 14 million people.