Turkish PM declares founding of ‘experience sharing council’ consisting of former deputies

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu requests party deputies who will not be re-elected share their experiences with newly elected deputies

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has declared legislators from the governing AK Party who will not be re-elected due to“three-term limit rule” are “democracy heroes” and offered a mentoring role over newly elected deputies on April 17.

“We are thinking of establishing an experience-sharing council inside the party,” he said.

The governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has established a three-term limit rule which prevents a politician from running for a fourth consecutive term, and was introduced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was prime minister.

Erdogan claimed that the three-term rule would allow younger generations to rise in Turkish politics.

“The three-term rule is arguable, but one thing is not: The bonds of our friends in the party, who are completing their third term as parliament members,” Davutoglu said during a dinner on Friday with AK Party parliamentarians in Ankara.

“We will request support from them to contribute to deepening our political culture and spreading our moral maturity to the young generation of politicians, for the transmission of experience in our headquarters or in the provinces if needed,” he said.

Seventy three AK Party deputies were made ineligible for the June 7 parliamentary elections because of the three year rule, including figures such as deputy prime minister Bulent Arınc.

Arınc had said in a statement that about 80 lawmakers, including himself, will not be able to run in parliamentary elections, and “nothing is wrong with that.”
“I believe this principle is very  useful and essential. We are determined to implement it,” he said.

TRTWorld and agencies