Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop confirmed that there is no legal impediment to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s re-candidacy for the presidential elections in accordance with the constitution.
This came in statements he made on Thursday, during which he touched on discussions about the possibility of President Erdogan running for a second term.
Şentop explained that President Erdogan assumes the first presidential term and has the right to run for a second term according to the presidential system that was approved in 2018.
He said, “It is very clear that this presidential term is the first for our president. There is no legal problem related to his candidacy (for a second term) according to the constitution.”
Şentop explained that, according to the law that came into effect in April 2018, all citizens are entitled to run for two presidential terms.
Last week, the opposition, made up of a 6-party alliance, said in a statement that Erdogan could not be a presidential candidate for a new term.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Erdogan confirmed that there was no obstacle to his re-candidacy for the presidential elections.
The elections were scheduled for June 18, but Erdogan recently stated that May 14 is the most suitable day for holding presidential and parliamentary elections in his country.
On June 24, 2018, simultaneous general and presidential elections were held in Turkey, in which President Erdogan obtained 52.59 percent of the vote, making him the first president in the country’s presidential system.