Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday announced that the majority of their election promises had been fulfilled since his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came into power after the Nov. 1 snap election.
Speaking during his party’s group meeting at the Turkish Parliament building in Ankara, Davutoglu emphasised that Turkey is now being governed by a strong state, which came into power with nearly half of its citizen’s votes.
“As of today, 30 percent of our reforms for the first three months and 66 percent of our election promises including ongoing negotiations in the council have been fulfilled. We completed all of this before the first month of the year ends,” said Davutoglu.
Giving details on the promises that have been implemented, Davutoglu continued;
“We raised the minimum wage to 1,300 Turkish liras [$430]. We made an additional 1,200 Turkish lira [$400] raise in annual pension payments and our retired citizens have received their first increased pensions. We solved adaptation problems of retired petty officers. We raised students’ monthly grants to 400 Turkish liras [$132] and they have received their first raised grants.”
PM Davutoglu also announced that at least 30 thousand teachers, who have been waiting for their place of duty, will be appointed to their location in February.
Regarding promises in agriculture, Davutoglu said that value-added-tax for feed and fertilizer was lifted and a new support programme was implemented for farmers who cultivate in lands less than 5,000 square metres.
“We completed the legal arrangements to carry new electronic IDs into practice and we are going to start to implement it in pilot areas for the first phase,” Davutoglu also added.