Daughter of Turkish ex-opposition leader appoints son to head TV channel

The daughter of the former leader of Turkey’s secular main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has appointed her 23-year-old son as the CEO of a television station linked to the party.

The appointment of Alican Erkılıç as the CEO of Halk TV by Aslı Baykal, the daughter of former CHP leader Deniz Baykal, comes amid multiple reports of nepotism within the party, which won control of the municipalities of five of the country’s six biggest cities in local elections this year. It was the party’s best election result for decades.

The CHP mayors of the Karaburun, Torbalı and Menderes districts of Izmir province have also been accused of giving highly paid jobs and to close relatives.

Aslı Baykal was appointed to the board of Halk TV in April, immediately after the local elections and quickly moved to sack senior staff at the station. Halk TV staff complained of bullying and sackings in an open letter this year.

Deniz Baykal served as CHP leader for 17 years. The last time the party won a general election was in 1977.