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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Özgür Özel said at a provincial board meeting that the party was “more than okay” with the 2019 elections being held early.

“If it’s an early election, we’re more than okay with it,” said Özel.

Özel said that the next elections will be an opportunity to correct the questionable procedures that were part of the national referendum on April 16, 2017, the results of which approved a transition to a presidential system.

“These elections will settle the scores of the injury that April 16 inflicted on the presidency and the democratic parliamentary system,” Özel said.

Özel said that CHP has led the country out of a one-man system under the Ottoman Empire, to a parliamentary democracy and finally to a multi-party parliamentary democracy.

Other voices from the opposition call for early elections

Following the assignment of trustees to municipalities that had elected mayors from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) in the 2019 local elections, HDP held a meeting in which they took the official stance of being pro-early elections.

“We say ‘early elections’ to save the people of Turkey from the AKP-MHP tyranny. This is a challenge. Bring it on!” read HDP’s official statement, adding a call to all opposition members to rally around the possibility of early elections.