Turkey’s Good Party to Contest in the Upcoming Elections

Turkish İYİ Party Logo Photo: Wikipedia
Turkish İYİ Party Logo Photo: Wikipedia

The Supreme Election Board of Turkey has confirmed that Good Party, a recently formed political party of Turkey, is eligible to participate in the upcoming snap election.

The participation of the Good Party was uncertain due to complicated rules of Turkish Election Board that says a political party must hold its first congress six months prior to an election.

The Turkish media and social media outlets were occupied over debates if Iyi (Good) Party would qualify to participate in the election.

This newly formed party has been predicted to have a healthy vote bank in Turkey and regarded as a challenging force to President Erdogan’s AK Party.

Iyi Party was formed in October 2017 by a former minister Meral Aksener. A recent poll has predicted that the party is capable of winning as much as 15 percent of the votes in a parliamentary election.

The upcoming election, called by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, will have 10 parties in competition.

Good Party was founded by Aksener with the slogan “Turkey will be good” to shake up the politics of Turkey.

Her party has adopted a center-right platform and enlisted pluralism, democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech and nationalist values as its founding principles.

On last Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for snap parliamentary and presidential elections to be held on June 24.

The election was supposed to be held more than a year after the announced date. The parliamentary and presidential election was scheduled for November 2019.

President Erdogan said in an address from the presidential palace that Turkey needed to switch to an executive presidency soon to ensure stability.

He announced the election date after a meeting with the Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli.

Mr. Bahceli said Turkey will go for an early election just a day before the announcement of the Turkish President.

Turkey was transformed into an executive presidency after a constitutional referendum in 2017 when Erdogan’s campaign in favor of the constitutional amendment won by a slight margin.

Aksener’s Good Party campaigned against Erdogan’s campaign for the reformation of the constitution.

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