Assembly Approves 7 January as Election Day

Parliament approved yesterday with a majority vote the decision to hold early elections on 7 January, 2018.

The motion was passed with 38 votes in favour and 2 against. Election bans will come into place once the decision is published in the official gazette.

In line with the decision, voters will head to the polls on 7 January, 2018 to elect a new parliament.

Addressing the plenary before the vote was held, the leader of the Democrat Party-Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş warned that there would be problems passing the 2018 budget because of early elections.

He said that failure to pass the budget would result in price hikes in various areas and election bans would prevent the Public Service Commission from appointing principles and vice principals at schools.

Denktaş’s proposal to hold the elections on 4 February was turned down with a majority vote.

The leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhürman said that his party was ready to do what was necessary for the budget to be debated and passed swiftly.

Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün for his part said that the budget will only be debated and passed after 7 January elections.


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