Leader of Turkey's nationalist MHP issues election manifesto

Turkish Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli announces his party’s election manifesto in Ankara, promises to crush PKK terrorists in order to end ‘terror’ in southeastern, eastern regions

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Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli announces MHP election manifesto during a meeting organised by his party in the Turkish capital Ankara on Oct. 3

Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader, Devlet Bahceli has announced the election manifesto of his party, pledging to end PKK “terror” in southeastern and eastern regions by crushing the militant group.

Bahceli announced the MHP election manifesto in a meeting organised by his party in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Oct. 3. He mostly dedicated his speech to the criticism of the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) policies and former AK Party leader and current President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He particularly slammed Turkey’s peace process, which is officially called “Resolution Process” which was launched by the AK Party government at the end of 2012, in order to bring a concrete resolution to the Kurdish question.

He blamed the AK Party leadership and Erdogan with appeasing the outlawed PKK and its imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan by launching the peace process “through them.”

“If we were not here, the AK Party and PKK would unplug Turkey long ago. If we have not resisted, Erdogan and Ocalan would make Republic of Turkey collapse,” he claimed.

Bahceli said the militant attacks since July 20 have reached a terrible level, killing 83 soldiers, 68 policemen, and 4 village guards with a total of 155 security officers killed. 66 civilians, including children have also been killed in the attacks, he added.

Turkey has recently been targeted with increasing terror attacks by ISIS and PKK terrorist groups since a suicide bombing, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS, in the Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province claimed 34 lives on July 20.

The PKK has particularly increased its terror attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces following the Suruc suicide bombing.

Therefore, Bahceli asked from Turkish people to vote for the MHP “for a terror-free and unfaltering Turkey.”

The MHP leader also rejected his characterisation by Ak Party as “Mr. No,” because he defied Prime Minister and AK Party leader, Ahmet Davutoglu’s offer to establish a coalition government with the MHP following the inconclusive June 7 elections.

He claimed that Davutoglu did not offer him a concrete coalition proposition.

However, he is now ready for a coalition government with both the AK Party and Republican People’s Party, (CHP) if the November 1 elections yield the same results as the June 7 elections, he stated.

He emphasised that his party will not enter any type of coalition government with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) under any conditions.

The co-chairs - Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag - of the HDP announced their Nov 1 early election manifesto on Friday.

The CHP leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced the manifesto of his party on Wednesday, which mainly focuses on youth, economy and reforms in politics.

The AK Party has not issued any election proclamations yet.

The video below sums up MHP's election manifesto for the June 7 general elections.

TRTWorld and agencies