Jun 28 2018

Main opposition CHP demands expulsion of critical deputy

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has referred its newly elected deputy Gürsel Erol to a disciplinary hearing, demanding his expulsion from the party for calling for the resignation of the party’s head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, T24 news site reported on Thursday.

Erol managed to become the first CHP deputy elected from the eastern province of Elazığ after 41 years. He demanded that the CHP leader resign right after the elections on Monday, saying that the election results demonstrated the monopolisation of the CHP by its leader and an approach which prioritises securing existing seats rather than coming to power. 

“I am making this call not as a deputy who is chosen by the headquarters and elected from a safe district, but as a deputy who makes politics in accordance with the principles and ethical values of a party that won elections in Tunceli and Elazığ. Our party does not need people after seats, but people of struggle who have ambitions for governing the country,” Erol said and added that he would start a sit-in protest in front of the CHP headquarters.