President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved November 2019 elections to June 29 A new government system that gives him more power kicks in with the next term He argued Kurdish separatist activity, failed 2016 coup made haste necessary Turkish PM and Erdogan ally called parliamentary elections for the same day Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called a surprise snap election in a bid to increase his power with a new presidential system. Presidential and parliamentary elections under the country's new system of government were scheduled for November 2019 but will now be on June 24. Erdogan said the new system needs to be implemented quickly in order to deal with a slew of challenges ahead, like Turkey's fight with Kurdish separatists. 'Although its seems like no serious issues emerge as the president and the government are working in harmony, the illnesses of the old system can counter us at every step,' he said on Wednesday. 'Developments in Syria and elsewhere have made it urgent to switch to the new executive system in order to take steps for our country's future in a stronger way. 'Be it the cross-border operations in Syria, or incidents of historic importance centered in Syria and Iraq, they have made it imperative for Turkey to overcome uncertainties quickly.' Erdogan was likely speaking of efforts by Kurds in both countries to establish an independent state that would also include parts of Turkey. Turkey is switching from a parliamentary system to a presidential one that increases the powers of the president, following a narrowly approved referendum last year. The changes take effect with the next election, so Erdogan could boost his power and grip on rule 18 months earlier if he wins the elections. The four-year ruler of Turkey made the announcement alongside Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey's main nationalist party, after meeting with him. The election was called a day after Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party and an Erdogan ally - made a surprise call for snap parliamentary elections on the same date. Bahceli argued there's 'no point in prolonging this any longer,' citing efforts by unnamed groups to foment chaos in Turkey. Erdogan, who has moved to further tighten his grip on politics since a failed coup attempt in 2016, needs a 51 percent majority to be re-elected in the first round of the presidential election. Earlier this year, his ruling his conservative, Islamic-rooted Justice and Development party reached an election alliance with Bahceli's MHP. The call for an early election comes as nationalist sentiment is running high over Turkey's recent military operation in Syria that ousted Syrian Kurdish forces from a northern enclave. Ankara has labeled the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their affiliation with outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey. In a related development, Turkey's parliament was to vote Wednesday on whether to prolong the state of emergency that was declared after the failed July 2016 coup. Parliament was widely expected to extend the state of emergency for a seventh time despite calls at home and abroad for it to end. The EU, which Turkey seeks to join, said Turkey was backsliding on bringing its laws into line with EU standards and called for the country to lift its state of emergency. Last month, a UN report concluded that Turkey's state of emergency led to human rights violations, including arbitrary detentions and dismissals, torture, and ill-treatment. Turkey's main opposition party accused the government of misusing its emergency powers to erode democracy and arrest government critics. 'The state of emergency needs to be lifted immediately, there cannot be an election under emergency rule,' Republican People's Party spokesman Bulent Tezcan said. 'The country needs to brought out of the emergency rule regime starting today.' Opposition supporters staged sit-in protests this week across Turkey to demand an end to the emergency declaration. The government asked Parliament to extend the emergency decree, arguing that security threats from a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the coup, have not abated. It also cites Turkey's continued struggle against Kurdish rebels and other groups. Gulen denied any ties to the failed coup. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ses-allys-call-early-polls.html#ixzz5D4d9KUcB Welcome to the new dictatorship of ERDOGAN, the one and only of his kind. Kemalists must be as jealous as hell.