Calls to hold congress sparks debate within Turkey’s CHP

Call from some members to hold extraordinary congress begins inner party debates among Turkey’s CHP members

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CHP Yalova deputy Muharrem Ince is seen at a press conference at parliament on November 9, 2015

With the unsuccessful result on the Nov. 1 election, there are claims that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is in need of a new administration and voices are being raised within the party.

The initial statement came from former CHP Deputy Umut Oran on Nov. 8, on a television programme, announcing that he will nominate himself as a party leader candidate when the extraordinary congress is held.

He stated that the extraordinary congress should be held to restore trust of CHP voters following the result of the Nov. 1 election.

“Kemal Kilicdaroglu has done so much for CHP. We thank him. If I were to become party leader, I would declare Kilicdaroglu as my presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential elections,” he said.

Oran also promised that if he does not bring CHP to power in the next election, he would resign from his position immediately.

CHP Yalova Deputy Muharrem Ince held a press meeting on Nov. 9 and called for an extraordinary congress. He stated that the party needs a better administration to gain victory in the 2019 general election.

“We cannot have a CHP administration similar to the government. If there is failure, then it must answer to those selected. The CHP representatives chose you, so gather the extraordinary congress and give an account. We want a CHP without any ‘buts.’ We want a CHP which takes position,” he said.

Ince also criticised the party’s administration, noted that the party failed in the past six elections and asked, “We have a party which failed to succeed in the past six elections. Is there anyone who can claim CHP can succeed in the 7th election?”

Ince claimed that CHP is in need of a “major transformation” and that “since this opposition cannot change the Justice and Development Party [AK Party] government, then we can change the opposition to change the government.”

In the 2014 CHP congress, Kilicdaroglu became the political party’s leader with 415 votes among 1,218 delegates.

Ince collected 325 less votes than Kilicdaroglu.

Another name suspected of coming forth with a candidacy to become party leader is the Turkish Bar Association (TBB) Chairman Metin Feyzioglu. He is reported to have been in touch with party members to test the waters. However, Feyzioglu is not a CHP deputy.

TRTWorld and agencies