Calls to bring the 2014 local and Presidential elections forward have been dismissed by the Turkish Prime Minister’s political party.
At a meeting of the executive of the ‘Justice and Development’ [AK] party in Istanbul, the deputy leader said the polls would be held, as planned, next year.
A general election is due in 2015.
Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again, defying Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s call for an end to the protests.
In a rare show of unity, supporters from all three of Istanbul’s main football clubs, Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce marched together to Taksim Square. They have been central to organising some of the protests.
Feminist groups were also out in force.
Police pulled back from Taksim Square several days ago. The crowds had the streets to themselves.