Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced he's bringing forward the elections - his aim is to cement his hold on power. His ambition is to become an executive president. Erdogan's critics say this is a term that merely dresses up the basic role of a dictator: the same man hires, fires and decides. Supporters of Erdogan perhaps see no problem - but international observers share the concern of those inside Turkey who are already under pressure because they disagree with the government.
Produced by Yi SONG, Tommaso MAZZANTI and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Director, Anatoli Journal
Ahmed AL BURAI
Editor-at-large, TRT World
Senior Editor, Ahval News