April 18, 2018 / 1:55 PM / 3 months ago

Turkish main opposition calls for end of emergency rule after early election announcement

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s main opposition party on Wednesday called for an immediate end to a state of emergency imposed in the wake of a 2016 coup attempt, after President Tayyip Erdogan declared presidential and parliamentary elections would be brought forward by more than a year.

“The state of emergency needs to be lifted immediately, there cannot be an election under emergency rule. The country needs to brought out of the emergency rule regime starting today,” Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesman Bulent Tezcan said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Erdogan said Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections will be brought forward to June 24.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker and Tuvan Gumrukcu

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