Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan eliminated the retirement age requirement in a move that allows more than 2 million workers to retire immediately, less than six months before an election.
The president’s announcement came during a Wednesday news conference on the popular policy move.
Tayyip Erdogan ruling AK Party delivered a hefty hike to the minimum wage last week as part of a campaign to win back support eroded by inflation, a fall in the lira, and a sharp drop in living standards.
Previously, the retirement age was set at 58 years for women and at 60 years for men. It wasn’t yet clear how much the new system would cost, but President Erdogan said 2.25 million people were eligible to retire immediately. There are currently 13.9 million pensioners in Turkey.
Labour groups had been protesting the minimum age requirement for several years, asking that instead workers should just be required to complete the mandatory number of work days to retire. The move is seen as giving a boost to Tayyip Erdogan before a critical election due in June.
In two decades in power, Erdogan has overseen a crackdown on dissent and in recent years adopted unorthodox economic policies that helped push the lira down to one-tenth of its value against the dollar a decade ago.