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Turkish Lawmakers Swap Parties in Effort to Challenge Erdogan

  • Survey says no presidential candidate gets 50% in first round
  • June 24 elections will shift Turkey to empowered presidency
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Reasons Behind President Erdogan's Decision For Early Elections

Turkey’s main political opposition came to the rescue of a smaller party, enabling it to overcome a legal bar to competing in June’s elections in the first major sign of cooperation to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Fifteen lawmakers from the CHP on Sunday switched to the recently formed Iyi Party, helping it reach the minimum of 20 lawmakers set as a condition for taking part in the parliamentary and presidential polls. Turkey’s election board subsequently authorized Iyi to run. Hoping to capitalize on a divided opposition, Erdogan last week ordered both votes to be brought forward from November 2019.