Turkish ruling party says no early elections after protests

ISTANBUL Sat Jun 8, 2013 11:38am EDT

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Saturday said there was no question of calling early elections after a week of the fiercest anti-government protests in decades.

"Local elections will be held in March 2014, presidential elections in August 2014, and general elections in June 2015, and a change in the schedule is out of the question," Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik told reporters after a meeting of the AK Party's executive committee.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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