Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised the country yesterday by announcing that a snap election would take place in June, 18 months earlier than originally planned.
"There can not be an election under emergency rule", CHP spokesperson Bulent Tezcan said.
Supreme Election Board Chairman Sadi Güven said the country's top election body was ready to perform its task.
"Although the president and government are working in harmony as much as possible, the diseases of the old system confront us at our every step", Erdogan said in a televised address.
The date set by Erdogan will precipitate an intense election campaign as opposition parties seek to challenge his grip. Under the current political landscape, with no other candidates in sight, the CHP and HDP might have a chance to help turn the tables by uniting to support IYI Party leader Aksener, a rising political star since the party's formation.
The AKP would like to keep the state of emergency in place throughout the election cycle, though the detrimental effect it has had on the economy means the party would not want to sustain it beyond the vote.
Despite the fact that the upcoming elections will mark the beginning of the implementation of the executive presidency model abolishing the Prime Ministry, PM of Turkey Binali Yıldırım told reporters that June is a good periof for snap elections. Erdogan and Bahceli, on the other hand, are pushing to enact the constitutional changes granting more powers to the presidency, which were approved in a referendum past year, but were not due to take effect until after the previously scheduled November 2019 vote.
He said: "Turkey must switch to the new executive system in order to take steps for our country's future in a stronger way".
Although the country's political opposition had long warned that Erdogan was looking to hold early elections, the government had denied any plan to do so, promising that elections would go ahead next year, Efe reported.
Turkey is heading for early elections on June 24.
"We chose to move the elections to an earlier date to prevent Turkey from getting harmed", he said, adding this would also end debates about the elections in the country.