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Erdogan announces Turkish national election to be held May 14

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit at Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia on November 16, 2022. (Firdia Lisnawati/AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit at Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia on November 16, 2022. (Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Turkey’s president announces May 14 as the date for the country’s next parliamentary and presidential elections.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who plans to seek reelection, made the announcement during a Saturday youth conference in northwestern Bursa province. A video of the event was released today.

“I thank God that we are destined to share our path with you, our valued youth, who will vote for the first time in the elections that will be held on May 14,” said Erdogan, who had hinted at the date last week.

He said in Bursa that he would make the formal call on March 10, after which Turkey’s Supreme Election Council would prepare for the elections.

If no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, a second round of voting will be held on May 28.

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