AK Party to change some deputy candidates in the east for early elections
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULAug 24, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Aug 24, 2015 12:00 am
As Turkey heads toward early elections, expected to be held on Nov. 1, after many attempts to form a government were not fruitful, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has launched a strategic study to regain a majority that will enable it to come to power alone as a new road map is designated.
According to recent studies conducted by AK Party staff, mistakes on its list of deputy candidates caused a loss in party vote totals, especially in eastern Turkey. To prevent mistakes from happening again, the AK Party will review deputy candidates in critical eastern provinces, such as Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, and influential names in the region will be announced as candidates.
The party will also reconsider its three-term rule that prevents deputies from being candidates for three consecutive terms, as AK Party figures who gained the nation's sympathy may be placed on the candidate list. Deputy prime ministers Bülent Arınç and Ali Babacan, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız and nearly 20 renowned AK Party figures are expected to top the deputy candidate list. The local AK Party administration will also receive instructions on how to intensify their work ahead of the early election. Ahead of the fifth ordinary AK Party congress, to be held on Sep. 12, changes in the AK Party Central Executive Board (MYK) and Central Decision and Administrative Board (MKYK) will also take place.
While the party prepares for the election, Interim Prime Minister and AK Party Chair Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Sunday that the party established a regulations committee to discuss the three-term rule. Regarding ministers that may be included in the caretaker government, Davutoğlu said: "I may offer [ministries] to names I find suitable. If all parties are included in the caretaker government, the increased tension will decrease [across the country], and all citizens who cast votes will see that they are represented." The caretaker government is supposed to be formed within five days of the publication in the Official Gazette of the decision to hold new parliamentary elections.