Gov’t ally MHP’s election manifesto emphasizes unified nation, justice

Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which joined forces with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, on Saturday unveiled its election manifesto, left-wing secularist Sözcü newspaper reported.

The MHP, led by Devlet Bahçeli, stressed a unified nation, justice, fighting corruption, multi-dimensional foreign policy as well as industrialization and SMEs in its manifesto, the daily said.

MHP promised economic relief for traders, early retirement for veterans and employment opportunities for the children whose parents died while serving in the Turkish Armed Forces.

The party vowed to grant amnesty with the exception of those incarcerated for terrorism-related crimes, which the party specified as membership in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Gülen community, which the government calls the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ).

The MHP is set to enter the parliamentary elections with the ruling AKP, against the ‘’Nation Allliance’’ comprised of opposition Kemalist Republican People’s Party (CHP), the nationalist Good (İYİ) Party, the Islamist Felicity (Saadet) Party and the center-right Democrat Party (DP).

Bahçeli played a key role in bringing the presidential and parliamentary elections forward last March, when he called for an August vote in order to quickly make the transition to a new executive presidential system set to be implemented after the presidential election. The next day Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced snap elections to be held on of Jun. 24, more than a year and a half ahead of schedule.