Turkey’s HDP announces Nov. 1 early election manifesto

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announces their Nov. 1 early election manifesto, raising their minimum wage promise

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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag announce the election manifesto of their party in Ankara, Turkey on October 2, 2015

The co-chairs - Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag - of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced their Nov. 1 early election manifesto on Friday.

Organising an event in Turkey’s capital Ankara, the co-chairs declared their party slogan as “Inadina HDP” which translates into voting for HDP regardless in an effort to succeed against oppositions.

Insisting that Turkey without HDP would be a “ship sailing in dangerous waters,” Demirtas said that “because of the balance that HDP provides to the ship”, it does not capsize or sink, despite attacks and crises it may face.

“Those who work to take HDP out of the ship, or exclude it, should be aware that if the HDP is not on board, the ship sinks -- we sink all together,” Demirtas warned.

Demirtas also pledge to lift the legislative immunity which prevents deputies and National Security Council members from prosecution.

In their manifesto, the party raised their minimum wage promise from 1,800 Turkish liras ($594) to 2,000 ($660).

In the 52-page document, they also pledged to give pre-loaded  cash cards to youth aged between 15-25 with 200 Turkish liras for their transportation and communication expenses.

The manifesto also maintained their promise, abolishing the country’s election threshold for parties to enter the Turkish parliament which is set currently at 10 percent.

The HDP pledged to lift the “village guard” system which is widely viewed as paramilitary forces consisting of armed locals -men and women- under the command of local gendarmerie in Turkey’s eastern and southeastern provinces.

HDP's June 7 Election Manifesto

Aside from these, HDP continued most of its pledges from the previous election.

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

HDP’s June 7 electoral program included 12 sections, with specific pledges to particular groups including women, youth, LGBT and workers.

The HDP made promises in several areas, including freedoms and rights, the economy, foreign policy and the environment.

The campaign slogan of the HDP was “We the HDP, We to the parliament.”

The HDP passed the 10 percent threshold in the June 7 general elections, gaining 80 places in the 550-seat parliament.

Meanwhile, Figen Yuksekdag is expected to introduce women deputy candidates of HDP with an event on Oct. 3.

After the June 7 general elections, HDP had the highest rate of elected women deputies in the parliament with 32. The party is planning to maintain their policy about women candidates in the Nov. 1 early elections.

Turkey's Political Parties Announcing Their Manifestos

HDP is the second party to reveal their election manifesto before Nov.1 early elections.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced their election manifesto on Sept 30.

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is expected to announce their program on Oct. 5 while Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is yet to detail their campaign.

TRTWorld, AA