Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) election manifesto on Sunday at ATO Congresium in Turkey's capital Ankara, noting lessons learned from the previous June 7 general elections, with a new path ahead of Turkey with AK Party.
Davutoglu was welcomed into the arena by participants waving the Turkish flag and the party's flag, he began his speech by addressing the participants, “as on Nov. 3, 2002 [AK Party won elections for first time], let's make Nov. 1 2015 a joyful day.”
Before entering the arena, Davutoglu tweeted, “together with love as on the first day, forever for the people, forever for the service, forever for Turkey."
Speaking on AK Party's promises, Davutoglu said that AK Party does not only set targets but the past achievements of 13 years is an assurance of its promises that will be carried out.
“We will carry on the initiatives of the past 13 years forward. We will never let the gains acquired at this time to go to waste. We will never let those trying to cause chaos and crisis,” he said.
Underlining that AK Party is a reform movement that paved the way of an outdated political system in the country and that the party's roots from the country’s people with a vision, the Prime Minister explained that AK Party’s manifesto took its shape following negotiations with base voters rather than a outlining the manifesto with narrow participation.
“At every level, the results of the June 7 election was discussed, and surveys were conducted to hear people,” he added.
AK Party’s election promises for young voters was also renewed in the early election manifesto. Davutoglu said that the age of candidacy was going to be lowered to 18 years old, same as voting age. They youth would be provided with unlimited and free internet coverage, Davutoglu pledged in addition to offering around 50,000 Turkish Liras in complementary grants to young entrepreneurs.
AK Party's leader also said that taxes on feed and fertilizer will be lifted for farmers and that young farmers would receive up to 30,000 Turkish liras of non-refundable funds for their projects.
“I wish all of our political parties a civilized competition within considerate thoughts. I hope all parties explain themselves to the nation in a respectful manner, but let’s not upset each other and address competitors with good words instead of insults,” Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu’s rally plan will begin in Turkey's northern Samsun province on Monday and continue in the eastern Erzurum province on Tuesday. As part of AK Party's election campaign, Davutoglu is expected to rally in 23-24 cities, contrary to the June 7 elections when he held rallies in every city in Turkey.
The video below sums up AK Party's election manifesto on the June 7 general elections.