Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) has presented a detailed framework for its program ahead of the Nov. 1 elections, listing concrete and down-to-earth promises it says will solve problems in the divisive issues of democracy and the rule of law, the economy, foreign policy, education, as well as societal peace and the Kurdish issue.
While announcing his party’s election manifesto on Sept. 30, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu particularly appealed to the younger generations of Turkey who he said had been suffering most due to problems stemming from the grave complications generated by those problematic policies.
“We are dedicating this election manifesto to the young. The youth is the hope for tomorrow. But the youth are also partners of today. We are dedicating this election manifesto to the young who resist against pressure and who defend freedom. We are dedicating this election manifesto to the Ali İsmails and Özgecans,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, respectively referring to Ali İsmail Korkmaz, 19, who was beaten to death by a group of police officers and civilians in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir during the 2013 Gezi protests, and Özgecan Arslan, 20, a university student who was brutally killed in February after an attempted rape.
“Why the young? We say the young because they are paying the price for the errors made by elders,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, as he addressed a mass gathering at the Congresium Hall of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) on the occasion of the announcement.
According to the manifesto, in its first 100 days in power, the CHP will make arrangements to pay one wage bonus to pensioners during religious holidays; adopt a law on family insurance; end the subcontractor labor practice in public institutions and permanently employ existing subcontractor workers; make arrangements to waive at least 80 percent of the interest credit card and consumer loan debt; adopt a law on political ethics; form a final account commission in parliament; end the “Passolig” e-ticketing system for football matches; and postpone the repayments of loans used by university students until graduates are employed.