Election manifesto of Turkey’s MHP puts emphasis on economy, terrorism

Turkey’s nationalist political party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) declares its election manifesto on Sunday in Ankara Sports Arena

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli announced his party’s election manifesto on Sunday for coming June 7 general elections, pledging to “fight terrorism and carry out policies to fix economy.”

MHP declared its manifesto on May 3 which is celebrated as World Turkism Day.

At the event, Bahceli spoke on the presidential system proposed by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and said that, “we see parliamentarian system necessary for the continuation for democratic political system and deem it more suitable for Turkish society.

One of the key issues promised to be addressed by MHP was combatting terrorism as Bahceli said an “efficient combat method” would be created and that the separatist “terrorist organization” - outlawed PKK - would be terminated along with its international extensions.

“Financial, logistic and manpower of every terrorist group will be blocked as part of fight with terrorism that threatens our national security,” he said, adding that national security policies would be enhanced considering the regional threats.

Another promise of MHP on its “target list to terminate terrorism” is to take steps on social awareness and to diffuse the influence of “separatist, discriminative” public policy.

Economic promises of the MHP include reduction of poverty, creation of 700,000 jobs, bringing national income per person to $13.3K, increasing exports to $238 billion while keeping annual growth at 5.2 percent between 2016 and 2019 which Bahceli calls the “first governance period.”

Between 2019 and 2023, MHP targets an annual economic growth rate of six percent.

“Under MHP rule, the minimum monthly income would be increased to $518 (1,400 Turkish liras), female employment would be increased, 50 percent of grants would be extended to female entrepreneurs, student loans would be collected in four years with no interest rates, interest-free marriage loans would be provided to newlyweds, treasury lands would be allocated for the use of poor families,” Bahceli offered.

MHP was the last political party to announce its election declaration ahead of polls.

TRTWorld and agencies