Where do parties stand?
We break down the election promises on the most critical issues of the AK Party and CHP, the two parties most likely to race for the government. What the major part es prom se
A head-to-head breakdown of what AK Party and CHP are promising on key issues
AK Party: The inflation targeting regime will continue. The floating exchange rate regime will be maintained. Foreign exchange markets will be monitored closely and balancing foreign exchange liquidity instruments will continue to be used when necessary.
CHP: All regulatory agencies in the economy, especially the Central Bank, will function independently. Urgent measures against inflation will be taken and confidence will be given to the markets by the announcement of appropriate financial targets.
2 Current account deficit
AK Party: In addition to the technological transformation already set in motion, the aim is to further increase the added value of exports with new high-tech investments and to improve the current balance by reducing import dependency. CHP: Will support qualified labor force creation policies with wage increases. In this respect, the aim will be to reduce the current account deficit through quality and added value competition instead of price competition in the global market. The current deficit will be reduced below 4 percent of national income.
AK Party: By 2023, will increase the employment rate to 53 percent and increase female participation in the workforce to 41 percent. Will reduce the gap between the skills of employees and potential employees and the skills needed by the business world. CHP:
Will reduce unemployment below 5 percent in 5 years. Will increase public employment based on the EU average and expand Unemployment Insurance, increasing the duration and amount of benefits by 50 percent. Will use the Unemployment Insurance Fund only for the purposes for which it was intended.
AK Party: By establishing a quality assurance system in education, will establish an “education quality index” covering all schools across the country, setting high standards for each level of education and for all school types. CHP: Schools will be full day and equality of opportunity will be ensured. Injustice in education will come to an end. Lunch will be given to students free of charge. Education will be free and high quality. Teachers’ salaries will increase. No teacher will be left jobless and no child will be left without a teacher.
5 Income distribution
AK Party: Will make the necessary administrative, legal and technical arrangements to provide social assistance and services in a more efficient, productive and functional manner. CHP: Aims to extend the Social Business Model, which is based on income participation of employees, sectoral and regional partnerships for businesses to reduce costs, strengthening of institutional capacities of businesses in cooperation with large-scale enterprises.
AK Party: Will adopt judicial education reform. Judicial education will be reviewed as a whole and the curricula of law faculties will be updated and modernized. CHP: Will rearrange the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) by separating it into the Judicial Council and the Prosecutors’ Council. Will make arrange- ments that respect the principle of judicial independence in the electoral process of these councils. Will remove the Minister of Justice and the Undersecretary of the Ministry from these boards to prevent political interference.
7 Foreign policy
AK Party: Will define Turkey’s relations with the EU not as an alternative to other relations but as a complement. Wants to overcome problems with the U.S. Will try to develop bilateral relations with Russia, especially in energy and trade. CHP: Adventurous foreign policy will end, rationality and consistency will prevail. Promises to fix Turkey’s reputation. Tensions with neighbors will end, including the crisis with the EU.
8 Freedom of expression
AK Party: Will continue to consolidate national unity and integrity with a sense of citizenship based on inclusivist and universal values. Will emphasize respect for each individual’s lifestyle. CHP: Will abolish Internet and social media bans. Will prevent the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) from being used as a pressure and censorship tool. Will stop the monopolization of the media sector. Will ensure political neutrality by making the TRT and Anadolu Agency independent, from an administrative and financial standpoint. Will make unionization mandatory in the media. Will end the detention of arrested journalist.
9 Gender equality
AK Party: Will launch certification programs for businesses and organizations that respect women’s right to equal opportunity and promote positive discrimination for women. CHP: Will pay 25 percent of the employer’s share of Social Security Insurance premium for women’s employment. To increase women’s participation in employment, will provide businesses which have more than 20 percent female employees with a tax exemption of one percentage point for every 5 percent additional female employment.
10 Public administration
AK Party: Under the leadership of the Presidency, where the executive authority is given as head of state, will make quicker decisions. CHP: Will take competence as the basis for recruiting and promoting public employees. Will ensure that the most qualified segments of Turkish society work in the public sector.