Turkey’s Main Opposition CHP Releases Election Manifesto

CHP has outlined an ambitious election manifesto on the 26th of May to find solutions to the five main problems of Turkey: justice, education, economy, social peace and foreign policy.

CHP’s leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, announced the party’s manifesto under the title of “We are coming for the nation” and introduced the parliamentary candidates of the party for the upcoming elections.

Kılıçdaroğlu described the economy as one of the most problematic chinks of Turkey’s armor. The party’s manifesto offers concrete and holistic promises which include a wide range of social reforms and economic remedies and development policies.

The CHP Leader has also promised to lift the persisting state of emergency as a primary policy of the CHP administration. In addition to this within the manifesto, promises have been made to establish an independent, impartial and fair justice system.

Foreign Policy

In the manifesto, Kılıçdaroğlu underlined that the foreign policy would be implemented under the motto “Peace at home, peace in the world.”

The CHP Leader announced that his party would strive to establish a “Middle East Peace and Cooperation Organization”

“The founders of this organization will be Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. These four states will live in peace,” said Kılıçdaroğlu.

In addition to the foundation of the ideology of this organization, he also pledged to lift visa restrictions on Palestinians, further cementing the party’s determination to bring peace to the region.

European Union

Restoring the weakened relations with EU-based countries and renewing membership perspective is considered the primary foreign policy topic in the manifesto.

In the context of EU policies, the iotas on CHP’s agenda are as follows;

  • CHP will re-establish Turkey’s full membership in a strong and determined manner in the light of social democratic principles.
  • Without expecting favors from the EU, Turkey will take initiative by introducing required policy reforms in many fields as part of CHP’s democratization program.
  • For the sake of economic and social prosperity, CHP intends to revive the negotiations on the topics of visa liberalization, agricultural support funds and scientific cooperation and consider this a high-priority target.
  • There is an intention to update the Customs Union practices that do not serve the interests of the Turkish private sector and/or its employees.
  • The agenda also stated that the use of Syrian refugees in EU relations (which is considered a trump card that disregards human rights) would immediately cease.

The main opposition party also prioritized reaching a peaceful settlement in the Cyprus issue and strengthening the solidarity with the political circles in Europe to serve Turkey’s full membership perspective by eliminating the prejudices currently held against them.

To read the full text of the election manifesto (Turkish)

CHP EU Representation

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