Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reportedly resorting to one of his tried-and-true election strategies ahead of a snap election to be held in June, with his ruling AK Party prepping a package of incentives to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the “debt restructuring and social reforms” package on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters, citing the need to “solve the disagreements with our citizens.”
The reforms will restructure tax and premium debts held by public institutions along with those related to traffic, election and military service fines. In addition, efforts will be made to register some 13 million buildings held without deeds, the prime minister said.
In all, the measures will cost the government as much as US$5.9 billion, but Yildirim said revenue from the registration of unlicensed properties would offset the costs.
Erdogan’s call for snap elections several weeks ago took opponents by surprise, and he is widely expected to win on the heels of a successful campaign to take control of Kurdish territory in northwestern Syria. A victory for the leader would cement constitutional reforms made last year, giving the executive branch sweeping new powers and putting an end to the current parliamentary system.