Party re­forms ahead of 2019 elec­tions on AK Party agenda

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

PRES­I­DENT and Justice and De­vel­op­ment Party Chair­man Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan, re­fer­ring to his party’s vi­sion and mis­sion, said that the AK Party is a re­formist party that knows how to up­date its struc­ture in the face of de­vel­op­ments.

Speak­ing to the AK Party deputies in a meet­ing on re­ju­ve­na­tion and al­ter­ation, Er­doğan said on Nov. 9 that the AK Party is a re­formist party that can adapt it­self to de­vel­op­ments with­out wan­der­ing from na­tional and moral val­ues. Er­doğan ex­plained the rul­ing party’s per­spec­tive, say­ing: “I un­der­line that the AK Party is a party that makes re­forms, al­ters its struc­ture and de- velops it­self. ... It is not a sta­tus quo party.” Er­doğan said the AK Party should up­date it­self ac­cord­ing to de­vel­op­ments and be a party that faces chal­lenges by up­grad­ing its struc­ture.

Er­doğan men­tioned the rul­ing party’s ac­tions, say­ing the AK Party has taken in­no­va­tive steps in fields other po­lit­i­cal par­ties have never dared to be in­volved. “The AK Party has a frame-break­ing and re­formist ap­proach,” he said. Er­doğan added that the AK Party would keep on tak­ing coura­geous steps in the fu­ture and up­date it­self with­out los­ing its na­tional and moral val­ues. He also warned deputies to avoid de­scrib­ing the AK Party as a con­ser­va­tive party and to avoid slo­ga­neer­ing.

An­nounc­ing the AK Party’s vi­sion for the fu­ture, Er­doğan said that deputies and AK Party or­ga­ni­za­tions should do their ut­most to win the 2019 elec­tions: “We should make it clear what we are aim­ing at. The AK Party aims to get 50 plus 1 per­cent of the votes in the 2019 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions as the same per­cent­age of votes is also re­quired in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.” He urged deputies to pub­li­cize ef­forts and ac­tions, adding that deputies should not hes­i­tate to talk about ac­tions, say­ing that the AK Party is based on ac­tions not talk.

Er­doğan said that the AK Party should not stop fight­ing the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) and should not show them any mercy. He slammed some cir­cles for back­ing FETÖ. Draw­ing at­ten­tion to the youth vote, Er­doğan un­der­lined that the youth vote has great im­por­tance for the party, in­di­cat­ing that it should sus­tain youth vot­ing for the AK Party.

Con­sult­ing deputies at AK Party head­quar­ters, Er­doğan added that those who re­signed will be in­cluded in in­ner party work and play a role in the AK Party and its fu­ture, but will not run for of­fice again.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Turkey

© PressReader. All rights reserved.