Erdogan says Turkey to get used to holding elections in time

The Turkish PM said that Turkey should get used to holding elections in due time.

Erdogan says Turkey to get used to holding elections in time

The Turkish prime minister said on Saturday that Turkey should get used to holding elections in due time.

Delivering a speech at the 65th general assembly of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in capital Ankara, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Turkey will and should get used to holding elections on time. This expresses a country's level of development".

Erdogan said that Turkey should hold elections every four years as stated in the constitution for the sake of its economy, future, stability, peace and prosperity.

"So that politicians, businessmen, industrialists and investors will all make their plans accordingly," he said.

Commenting on the developments in Turkish economy, Erdogan said that Turkey's economy had recorded an annual growth of 4.3 percent during the last 7 years, including the crisis in 2009.

He said both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimated high growth rates for Turkish economy.

"According to IMF's final report on world's economic outlook, Turkey will be Europe's fastest growing economy with a 5.2 percent growth rate in 2010. OECD also says that Turkey will be the fastest growing economy among OECD states with an average annual growth rate of 6.7 percent during the 2011-2017 period," Erdogan said.

"Nobody wanted to believe us when we said that we could proceed in our way without the presence of IMF. Today, we have left behind the second year and Turkey continues on its way without IMF. The country is overcoming a crisis with its own resources and methods," Erdogan added.

Commenting on the current account deficit as well, the Turkish prime minister said the government would continue to monitor the issue closely and take measures when necessary.

Pointing to Turkey's unemployment problem, Erdogan said that such issue could not be solved with the efforts and incentives of the government solely, but it could be solved with solidarity.

Regarding the terrorism issue, Erdogan said Turkey had lost hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of people while struggling with such problem.

Erdogan noted that his government decided to take action against such matter as it considered terrorism a major risk threatening Turkey's unity and integrity.

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