Turkish President Erdogan calls for early parliamentary and presidential elections on May 14
Why it matters
The early elections will be Erdogan's biggest test in his 20 years in power, and will decide not only who leads Turkey but how it is governed, where its economy is headed, and what role it may play in easing conflict in Ukraine and the Middle East.
What the papers say
Reuters and Gulf News report the same information.
How we got here
In the aftermath of earthquakes that left millions homeless across southern Turkey, Erdogan has called for early parliamentary and presidential elections. The six-party main opposition alliance has named Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), as its candidate to challenge Erdogan for the presidency. Erdogan's campaign will focus on recovery after the earthquakes.
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