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TRT World: CHP Election Manifesto

A Liveable Turkey Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party has pledged “A Liveable Turkey” under a four-staged strategy election manifesto.The CHP’s election manifesto focuses on the economy, education, the judiciary and politics. The CHP has lost nine elections - 3 general,3 local, 2 referendum and presidential elections - against the governing Justice and Development Party in the last thirteen years. The CHP favours a coalition government to weaken the power of AK Party, which has won majority of seats in the parliament since 2002. Known as a secular party, CHP ha s attempted to rebrand its position to gain conservative votes with the introduction of a new discourse regarding headscarves. The CHP had backed a controversial ban of the garment in in public spaces such as universities, parliament and courts. The chairman of CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, believes that rebuilding the democracy, the rule of law and individual freedoms on a solid basis is a main precondition for Turkey to achieve economic growth. “Center Turkey Project” & Constitution The CHP promises to lower the national election threshold imposed by the current constitution, which was written after a military coup in 1982, to strengthen the existing parliamentary system and limit the powers of the president to counter the AK Party's pledge to switch to a presidential system. CHP introduced “Center Turkey Project,” which is based on establishing a mega city populated by 3 million people and centred in Anatolia. It aims to facilitate trade for regional countries. The party also seeks to increase the minimum wage, provide at least a million additional jobs to the unemployed, and give two additional monthly pensions to the retired. Also among CHP’s economic promises are financial aid for rent and household bills to those with low-income. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trtworld Twitter: https://twitter.com/trtworld

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