Turkish Deputy Premier says expects 47 percent voter support in upcoming general elections
Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc has said the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party would achieve a 47 percent or higher voter support in next June's general elections, Anadolu Agency reported.
"In 2007 elections, we received 47 percent of the votes which was a very high figure for the time. Now our goal is to preserve that and even achieve a higher voter support," Arinc told a televised interview on Thursday night.
Arinc estimated that the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) would get around 25 percent of the votes while the opposition Nationalist Movement Party would narrowly pass a 10 percent threshold.
"I believe the MHP would face a problem with the threshold. They might pass it but just narrowly," Arinc said.
The deputy premier said the upcoming general elections would be his last round in line with a party regulation which does not allow an AK member to be elected as MP for more than three times, adding the same rule applied to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well.
Responding to a question whether Turkey would be better off with a presidential system, Arinc said it might conform to Turkey's social setting and its historical background, adding that the French system would be more suitable than a full presidential system.
"Yet still I believe parliamentary system is much better for Turkey, drawing on the experiences of the early Republican era," Arinc said.
Touching on a recent visit he paid to the Greek Fener Patriarch Bartholomew, Arinc said the government stood at equal distance to all minorities and religious groups in Turkey.
Arinc said he supported reopening of the Halki Seminary, which he said was a requirement of laws.
"In the past the political power did not allow it. I am just saying that it should reopen," Arinc said.