AK Party, MHP to con­tinue sys­tem ad­just­ments af­ter 2019

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE JUS­TICE and Devel­op­ment Party (AK Party) and Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) will con­tinue to make ad­just­ments for the new ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­den­tial sys­tem af­ter the 2019 elec­tions, deputies from both par­ties have said.

Speak­ing at a panel or­ga­nized by the Po­lit­i­cal, Eco­nomic and So­cial Re­search Foun­da­tion (SETA) in Ankara yes­ter­day, AK Party Is­tan­bul deputy and the head of the Con­sti­tu­tional Com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment, Mustafa Şen­top, and MHP Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Mustafa Kalaycı said that the two par­ties will not stop work­ing on ad­just­ment laws af­ter the 2019 elec­tions and will con­tinue to try to best form the new sys­tem.

“Reg­u­lat­ing the elec­tion thresh­old, a new elec­toral law and new po­lit­i­cal par­ties’ law will be han­dled af­ter 2019. It is ap­pro­pri­ate to re­al­ize these in a process,” Şen­top said. Kalaycı said that Turkey is go­ing through an es­sen­tial sys­tem change: “Since rad­i­cal reg­u­la­tions to be made on dif­fer­ent is­sues at the same time would create trou­ble to­gether, han­dling the po­lit­i­cal par­ties’ law and elec­toral law will be af­ter 2019.”

The two par­ties re­cently formed a Na­tional Agree­ment Com­mit­tee to work on ad­just­ment laws and the al­liance bill. Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ab­dül­hamit Gül, Şen­top, and AK Party spokesman Mahir Ünal rep­re­sented the AK Party on the com­mit­tee and Kalaycı, law­maker Mehmet Parsak from Afy­onkarahisar province and Is­tan­bul province Deputy İs­mail Faruk Aksu rep­re­sent the MHP. Par­lia­ment passed the al­liance bill ear­lier this week.

Kalaycı also said that the MHP wants the ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­den­tial sys­tem to be im­ple­mented and func­tion es­sen­tially and ac­cu­rately. Şen­top and Kalaycı touched on crit­i­cism of the bill weak­en­ing elec­tion safety, as well. In the face of grow­ing crit­i­cism from the Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) and other par­ties, Şen­top and Kalaycı said that their ar­gu­ments are ig­no­rant and do not re­flect the truth.

Com­ment­ing on the re­cent ru­mors in the me­dia that the MHP does not want the Great Union Party (BBP) in the Peo­ple’s Al­liance, which is what the AK Party and MHP uses to call their elec­toral al­liance, Kalaycı said that MHP and BBP are “sis­ter par­ties.”

“The BBP is in fact a party that split from the MHP. The state­ments we make are dis­torted. There is a pos­si­bil­ity that small par­ties can­not have seats if they en­ter the elec­tions [alone],” Kalaycı said, re­fer­ring to MHP Deputy Chair­man Semih Yalçın’s state­ment that the BBP can only be in the Peo­ple’s Al­liance if they en­ter the elec­tions on the AK Party’s list. Kalaycı also said that any party that is suit­able can en­ter the Peo­ple’s Al­liance af­ter talks with the AK Party and MHP. “All par­ties we can come to terms with can be in it,” he said.


The AK Party will send a high-level del­e­ga­tion to the MHP 12th or­di­nary congress this week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to AK Party sources, the del­e­ga­tion will con­sist of Deputy Chair­man of the party Hay­ati Yazıcı, Deputy Group Chair­man Naci Bostancı and Par­lia­ment’s Con­sti­tu­tion Com­mit­tee head Mustafa Şen­top. This will be the high­est-level AK Party del­e­ga­tion ever to join the MHP congress since the AK Party was founded in 2001.

At the congress, cur­rent MHP head Devlet Bahçeli is ex­pected to be­come the sole can­di­date to run for the party chair­man­ship. In the run-up to the 12th or­di­nary congress, the MHP com­pleted its provin­cial and district con­gresses. It has an­nounced the slo­gan for this year’s congress which stresses the MHP’s long-stand­ing view on na­tion­al­ism.

Com­ment­ing ahead of the or­di­nary congress, MHP Chair Bahçeli said it was a “demo­cratic op­por­tu­nity” and will con­trib­ute to the “clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the strate­gic prepa­ra­tions, po­lit­i­cal ob­jec­tives and poli­cies to fol­low for the 2019 elec­tions.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Turkey

© PressReader. All rights reserved.