Turkish PM Wins Party Congress, Vows Refreshment of AKP
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu pledged a strong return to power in the Nov. 1 early elections with a soul-searching which would get guidance from founding principles of his Justice and Development Party (AKP), also declaring that the party’s self-implemented three-term limit for MPs is lifted at the congress on Sept. 12.
The PM and the party leader won all of 1353 valid votes, sustaining his post as expected.
According to Davutoğlu, being discreet and marching with the nation was the message that the voters gave to his AKP in the June 7 parliamentary election.
“Precious AK Parti, are we ready for marching?” Davutoğlu asked in a speech he delivered at the congress before the voting, underlining that the message voters gave should be embraced while getting prepared for the Nov. 1 election.
The congress was the first ever regular congress that was held without attendance of the AKP’s founding leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Davutoğlu was elected as party leader at an extraordinary congress held in August 2014 following Erdoğan’s election as president in a popular vote.
“Today, we once more pledge our nation; we have emerged from among you and we are coming for marching towards a joint destiny,” Davutoğlu said, while he noted that the voters have been asking their party to fight against poverty, bans and corruption.
“Our restoration of self-confidence will be made fixed. Prevalence of our national unity will be provided. Our state and bureaucracy will be rebuilt. We will realize moral restoration,” Davutoğlu said.
Some 1445 delegates of the party gathered on early morning of Sept. 12 at the Arena Sports Complex for electing their leader and members of the AKP’s highest decision-making body, the Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK).
The congress opened with the display of two separate videos, one focusing on the AKP’s history and the other one telling about Erdoğan’s political career. With shouting name of “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” being the most popular slogans in the hall, the videos were followed by another, which explained last one year of the party under the leadership of Davutoğlu.