Turkey’s chief opposition party avoids campaigning in southeast

Turkey’s main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) to hold 58 rallies nationwide but will avoid eastern and southeastern Turkey

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) has announced its rally schedule for the upcoming June 7 general elections, holding 58 rallies over the country except in eastern and southeastern provinces.

The campaign schedule of CHP shows a focus on western provinces, known as the “coastline.” The party held its first rally in Istanbul on April 11.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said the CHP is behind all the country’s citizens, speaking at the rally in Istanbul.

However, southeastern provinces such as Van, Bingol, Siirt, Mus, Sirnak and Hakkari are not in CHP’s rally schedule.

The vote in eastern Turkey was shared between the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the 2011 general elections.

Speculation of an agreement between the CHP and HDP had been a hot topic for a while in the run up to the coming elections.

HDP deputy Adil Zozani offered to collaborate with the CHP in the June 7 elections in Dec. 2014, however, Kilicdaroglu refused the offer, saying “We don’t need to collaborate with anybody.”

The party’s last rally before the elections will be held in Ankara on June 6, the CHP has accounced.

HDP’s 41 election rallies are being held mainly in Turkey’s southeastern provinces. The party appears to be avoiding holding rallies in major northern provinces such as Rize and Trabzon, which are the strongholds of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

TRTWorld and agencies