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Erdoğan announced the snap polls after a meeting with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahçeli at the presidential complex in Ankara, a day after the latter called for snap elections to be held in August.

According to the Turkish president, the date for early elections has been set as the country needs to apply the full presidential system of governing.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announces a snap election for June 24 in order to switch to an executive presidency created by a narrowly won referendum a year ago.

"Around 250,000 tourists came to Turkey past year. Turkey's Supreme Election Board will also start preparations for the elections as soon as possible", he added.

As other parties have not yet made decisions concerning their candidates in the presidential election, one can say that Turkey's incumbent president will win the presidential election. Now, both parliamentary and presidential elections will be held at the same time.

The BIST-100 benchmark index of the Istanbul stock exchange gained 3.08% to 112,099 on April 18, having been flat until the afternoon election announcement.

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"As result of consultations with Mr Bahceli, we chose to hold elections on June 24, 2018, a Sunday", Mr Erdogan said in an address at his presidential palace.

"The state of emergency needs to be lifted immediately; you can not hold elections during an emergency rule". But Turkey's rapid growth has come been accompanied by increased authoritarianism, with a security crackdown since the failed coup leading to the arrest of tens of thousands.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the People's Democratic Party (HDP) have opposed the constitutional change since the beginning of the process.

Under the state of emergency, the president is entitled to rule by decree.

Media outlets have been shut down and scores of journalists have also been jailed. Brussels has frowned on Turkey's treatment of basic human rights in the past two years and the country's chances of joining the European Union are in tatters.

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