Knocking Out Meral Aksener — Cartoon by Carlos Latuff

Snap elections date could put surging opposition party out of the electoral race

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey would hold early presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, after his party positively responded to the proposal by a nationalist opposition leader.

Moving elections ahead of its planned time generated controversy over a newly established opposition party, IYI (Good) Party, for technical procedure limitations that would bar the party from entering June 24 elections.

A senior IYI Party official recently confirmed that his party would only take part in elections by June 28. However, IYI Party leader Meral Aksener said her party would run in the elections.

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