Türkiye maintains date of May 14 for presidential elections | News
The president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced on Wednesday that his government plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on May 14, despite the fact that the country continues to recover from two earthquakes that occurred in early February.
Earthquake casualties in Türkiye rise to more than 45,000
"The time is drawing near. This nation will do whatever it takes on May 14. No credit will be given to those who say empty words," Erdogan told members of his party in parliament.
The Turkish president had previously said the elections would be held on May 14 to avoid seasonal voter migrations and university exams in early summer.
After the two devastating earthquakes on February 6, which until today have killed more than 45,000 people in the country and caused huge material losses, Türkiye began to discuss whether or not the elections scheduled for May or June should be postponed.
The powerful earthquakes, with an epicenter in the southeast of the Euro-Asian country, affected 10 provinces, where more than 13 million people reside. The quakes also destroyed tens of thousands of buildings, leaving tens of thousands of Turks homeless.
More than 11,000 aftershocks have shaken the affected regions since the earthquakes on February 6, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said.
Around two million people have been evacuated from the affected regions, it added.
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