Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, announced that the presidential and legislative elections, normally scheduled for November 2019, will be held earlier than planned. After having met his ally, Devlet Bahçeli, who demanded early elections the day before, Erdoğan declared that, despite his preference for waiting until November 2019, the elections will be organised on June 2018. President Erdoğan, who is in power since 2002, is known for respecting the election schedules without organising any snap voting. On Octobre 2017, addressing his supporters in the province of Konya, he was fiercely criticising the opposition leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who called for early elections. Erdoğan told, back then: ‘In democracies, the timing [of elections] is fixed. When it is the time, we would organise the elections. In the governments of Ak Party, we only organised snap elections when there was a dead-end, when we couldn’t form coalition on 7 June 2016 etc.’. Given Erdoğan’s aversion to the early elections, Wednesday’s announcement generated suspicion in Turkey about the motive of his haste.