Apr 01 2018

İYİ Party convenes for first annual extraordinary congress

Turkey’s newest political party, İYİ (Good) Party, has convened for its 1st extraordinary annual congress in Ankara.

Nationalist İYİ Party, which held its debut congress in December of 2017, is set to elect its new party administration today (Sunday).

Former Nationalist Movement Party MHP deputy and İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener is running as the only chairwoman and presidential candidate in Sunday's elections.

Thousands chanted ‘’President Meral Akşener,’’ as the 61 year old İzmit native made her way through the hall to take the stage on Sunday.

İYİ Party extended invitations to the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Felicity Party (SP). Şener’s former party, MHP as well as the  Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were not invited to İYİ Party’s congress.

Big crowd inside and outside of the convention captured by social media users:

Akşener received a standing ovation during her speech where she addressed an array of problems she believes are facing Turkey.

‘’They think they can intimidate judges and academics by exerting pressure on them. They are wrong…. We all need to be take a breath. Our youth, our elders, our civil servants, our workers - we are tired from waking up to crisis upon crisis. People are tired of your incessant lying. İYİ Party is ready to lead the country,’’ the İYİ Party leader said.

Akşener also touched July 15th coup attempt and accused President Erdogan for running away with his plane, stated, ''a leader that who escaped with a plane then acted as if a hero when he felt safe.''

 Addressing the ruling party’s alliance with other right-wing parties, Akşener said, ‘’Did you say ‘We’ll give you whatever you want?, just as you did with ‘’FETO’’?’

Underlining that Turkey has regressed to its ''pre Sept.12, 1980 military coup days,'' the İYİ Party leader noted that the US Dollar was its highest against the Turkish Lira.

‘’But Erdoğan claims the economy soaring,’’ Akşener said.

Media coverage of the congress has been minimal in Turkey. One congress attendee took to Twitter, noting that the area allotted for the media in the congress hall was empty.

Established in October of 2017, Meral Akşener's right-wing IYI (Good) Party could mark a dramatic shift in Turkish politics, eclipsing the secular main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP).

Gezici polling company’s Murat Gezici said in February that their research indicates that poll numbers favour Akşener as the second candidate to join Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.