Parallel ballots possible in Greece, Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkey on January 5, 2023. [Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters]

A scenario stipulating Greece and Turkey may be heading for parallel elections is gaining ground. According to Bloomberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has May 14 in mind as the date for elections in Turkey. 

However, if the first polls, of proportional representation, in Greece are held on April 9, it is most likely that the second elections, under the new electoral law, will also be held on May 14 or, at the latest, on May 21.

The timing of the elections in Turkey interests Athens as it is possible that Erdogan may cause tension in order to gain electoral benefits. If the first round of Turkey's presidential election is held on May 14, a winner is unlikely to emerge, as 50 percent plus one of the votes are required.

The country would thus head for a runoff election a week later, with Erdogan remaining at the helm of the country in the meantime. 


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