Erdogan: AK Party needs much more radical change

Erdogan: AK Party needs much more radical change

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party needs to undergo a "much more radical change" ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Speaking at an event marking the 16th anniversary of the AK Party, Erdogan said the party had undergone a lot of changes during the last 16 years, "but this time we need a more radical change."

Referring to the recent reorganization made in the party’s governing body, Erdogan attributed the party's current success to the continuous changes made in the party's organizational structure, saying this move should not be considered a "purge" but rather a "reshuffle" in this "service" which we consider a "relay race".

Erdogan said the need for change was driven in particular by the 2019 elections, adding "We should work towards this end," Anadolu Agency reported.

The president added that the completion of the 2023 goals would crown AK Party's achievements, referring to Turkey's vision for 2023, which marks the centenary of the Republic of Turkey.