Parliamentary opposition calls for end of emergency rule after snap polls announcement

CHP spokesman Bülent Tezcan said Erdoğan had "no right" to hold elections under the state of emergency
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:44

Turkey's parliamentary main opposition party on Wednesday called for an end to a state of emergency imposed in the wake of a 2016 coup attempt.

Turkey will hold June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections, announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier on Wednesday, under the state of emergency.

"We are ready as if the elections were scheduled for tomorrow," said Republican People's Party (CHP) spokesman Bülent Tezcan.

He added Erdoğan had "no right" to hold elections under the state of emergency.

"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," Tezcan said.

However, Turkish parliament approved on Wednesday the extension for another three months of the state of emergency.