On April 18, Erdogan called for snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, instead of in November 2019 as originally scheduled, saying Turkey must shift quickly to an executive presidency.
Turksih President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday promised new military operations against Kurdish militants along its border in Syria and Iraq as he presented his election manifesto.
"After that, we will explain in Ankara what we have done and what we will do in our election declaration", he added.
Ekşioğlu, who always emphasizes a strong Turkish-Iranian cooperation in his articles, might have an important role in Turkey-Iran relations if elected. Before that, he served as prime minister, from 2003 to 2014.
Erdogan said the June 24 election will be a milestone for Turkey's future.
Erdogan said Turkey will launch additional offensives like Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations to clear its border of terror organisations.
Turkish ground operation Shield of the Euphrates was started in 2016, the Turkish armed forces in Northern Syria.
He said at least 4,415 terrorists have been "neutralised" since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in Syria. "The operations will continue until not one terrorist is left".
Referring to the country's new constitution, he said: "In this new democratic system, stability will become permanent".
Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002 and has since remained the country's biggest political force.
Along with other opposing parties that are expected to form an alliance, they're anxious that Erdogan's move to transform Turkey's governing system to an executive presidency will lead to a concentration of power and leave the system open to abuse.
"Turkey will also continue its bid for the European Union (EU) membership and has not given up on the EU membership, although the bloc is not as eager".