AK Party ready for convention ahead of early election

Governing AK Party completes preparations for main convention on September 12 in Ankara

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The governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will hold party's primary convention on Saturday in Turkey's capital Ankara.

The convention is expected to host an estimated 40,000 members of the party, along with foreign guests such as ambassadors and diplomats, high security measures have been taken for the event. AK Party deputy leader and party spokesperson Besir Atalay said on Friday that the event will be a simple ceremony, due to the recent deadly terror attacks conducted by outlawed PKK. 

According to Atalay, there will be a candidate for party leader and that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be the only name as far as a general president candidate is listed for the upcoming general election.

A renewal of the AKP’s highest decision-making body, the Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) is expected to be discussed in the meeting, while a new party constitution is also on the agenda.

The convention on Saturday will be Ak Party's sixth convention since 2001, Atalay stated that all political parties - including HDP - and representatives of non-governmental organisations have been invited to the event. 

"Eleven political parties and over 200 NGOs will be attending the congress. 50 local and 20 international media outlets will be following the convention. Delegates will be distributed tablets when following the convention. There will also be surprises at the convention, including new slogans and new songs for the election, but there will not be much of entertainment due to fallen soldiers in latest PKK attacks," Atalay said. 

The meeting will be a more extensive and will also provide services for disabled guests. 

Atalay confirmed that former President Abdullah Gul will not be attending the event. 

Turkey held a general election on June 7 which resulted in a no single-party government.

Following the election, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave AK Party leader and Prime Minister Davutoglu the mandate to form a coalition government on July 9, as AK Party had the most number of seats in Parliament, however, the political parties failed to establish a coalition government during the 45-day period permitted by the Constitution.

Accordingly, the constitution called for the need for a snap election that is scheduled for Nov. 1.

TRTWorld and agencies