Upcoming elections to dominate AK Party executive camp agenda

Published 05.10.2017 19:54

A busy agenda awaits deputies as the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is set to hold its 26th Consultation and Assessment meeting this weekend in the western province of Afyonkarahisar.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend the meeting for the first time as chairman after a three-year break from the post.

The main issues expected to be discussed in detail will be the presidential, national and municipal elections in 2019, new district heads, security and foreign policy.

The camp will start on Oct. 7 with an opening speech by Erdoğan followed by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan and Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, who will present at on energy, transportation and economic policies.

AK Party Central Executive Committee and Central Decision Board (MKYK) members, ministers and heads of women and youth branches will also attend the meeting.

The founding members of the AK Party have been invited to the meeting for the first time along with the founding committee.

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will presentat on security and foreign policy in another session.

The ministers are expected to provide information on the fight against terrorism, relations with the U.S. and the EU and the developments in the northern Iraq and Syria.

It is also expected that more details of the AK Party ordinary congress, which will be held in September 2018, will be revealed.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım will deliver a speech behind closed doors on Oct. 8. He is also expected to answer questions on various subjects in a session open to the press, including the president's remarks regarding the reinvigoration process in AK Party.

Following the speech, a general consultation and assessment will be held with the participation of the Cabinet.

After Erdoğan warned party officials of a lack of enthusiasm and fatigue in the party, officials has ramped up efforts for the upcoming presidential, national and municipal elections in 2019.

With the recent replacement of some members, some expect similar changes at the municipal level.

There have been rumors that the resignations of some mayors have been requested. AK Party spokesman Mahir Ünal recently rejected the allegations, saying that they have not asked any mayor to resign.

During the camp, Erdoğan is expected to respond to requests from deputies to have private meetings. The camp will end with a closing speech by the president to the deputies.

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