Turkish opposition wants joint efforts to defeat Erdogan in general polls

 
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Ankara, April 27 (TNS): Turkey’s usually divided opposition parties are trying to unite to maximise their chances of defeating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his surprise decision to hold early elections.

Erdogan last week rocked the world of Turkish politics when he said there would be parliamentary and presidential polls on June 24, 2018, more than a year before the expected date of November 3, 2019.

For the opposition, which was initially stumped by the announcement, these elections are the last chance to stop what they describe as Erdogan’s authoritarianism.

Following an intense referendum campaign in April 2017, Turks approved by a narrow margin changing Turkey’s parliamentary system into an executive presidency giving the head of state expanded powers.

The government insists the changes will ensure political stability, but opponents say it will lead to one-man rule.

Less than a week after the early polls announcement, opposition parties began intense talks to figure out a strategy to stop Erdogan.