Turkey's PM rules out early votes with referendum

Erdogan Friday ruled out the possibility of early parliamentary elections after country's election board announced that referendum on constitutional amendments would be held in September.

Turkey's PM rules out early votes with referendum

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday ruled out the possibility of early parliamentary elections after country's election board announced that referendum on constitutional amendments would be held in September.

Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections said Thursday that the referendum on constitutional amendments recently adopted by the Turkish Parliament would take place on September 12.

Earlier media reports claimed that the government could decide to hold the referendum and early elections, due in July 2011, together in line with opposition's demands, if the election board decides to schedule the referendum 120 days after the law on amendments is adopted.

Based on the former elections law, a referendum has to take place within 120 days after the adoption of the relevant law on amendments at the Turkish Parliament. However, a new arrangement at the Turkish Parliament reduced the number of days in which a referendum must take place to 60 day.

"We have to forget the expression of early election," Erdogan said.

"We will continue to hold elections on the exact date scheduled, just like developed countries," he said.

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