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Erdoğan’s manifesto is short of genuine democratic promises

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, chair of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was the first presidential nominee to reveal his election manifesto through a big event in Istanbul on May 6. The manifesto will later be accompanied by an “election bulletin” to be outlined by the AKP in the coming weeks, in which concrete election promises will be conveyed.

The manifesto that Erdoğan outlined had two main parts: The first praised the first 16 years of AKP governance while the second described the vision he will build his rule on if elected the country’s executive president on June 24. Erdoğan said his government had succeeded in achieving the impossible in what he called a “resurrection period,” overcoming significant resistance and citing achievements in the fields of democracy, the economy, foreign and security policy.

According to the manifesto, Turkey is becoming a global player thanks to its political, military and economic strength, which allows it to........

© Hürriyet Daily News