April 20, 2018 / 2:16 PM / 7 months ago

Turkish parliament approves holding snap elections on June 24

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan waves during a news conference in Bulgaria, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament approved on Friday a proposal to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, more than a year ahead of schedule, after President Tayyip Erdogan said they should be held early.

Parliamentarians from the opposition pro-Kurdish HDP party walked out of parliament in protest before the vote. The remaining deputies all supported the motion.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Ali Kucukgocmen

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