Good Party unveils election manifesto, vows return to parliamentary system

Turkish nationalist right-wing opposition Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener on Wednesday announced her party’s election manifesto with the presidential hopeful vowing to return Turkey to the parliamentary system through a new constitution following June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is looking to retain his seat in next month’s polls, which will usher in a new presidential system narrowly approved in last years referendum that grants increased powers to the president.

The 61-year-old presidential candidate also promised to lift Turkey’s state of emergency, which was implemented following the June 15, 2016 coup attempt and extended seven times.

Akşener, who said she would be writing a new constitution that will pave way for the return to a strengthened parliamentary system, also promised to lower the election threshold - which is the highest of any country in the world - from 10 percent to 5 percent.

Among other promises made by Akşener were removing pay inequality in the public sector and fighting corruption through laws on transparency.

Akşener earlier this week said her party’s internal polling suggested President Erdoğan would not win in the first round of voting in June 24 presidential elections and his party and its far-right allies were polling lower than the opposition parties in parliamentary elections set to take place on the same day.