Main opposition party ‘falling apart,’ Erdoğan says as CHP’s İnce resigns

Turkey’s main opposition party is falling apart and no political actor in the country’s past has looked as bad as the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu leads his party with a “one-man rule” approach and ostracizes dissidents,TRT news cited Erdoğan as saying during a video conference address his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congress in Black Sea region provinces.

Erdoğan’s remarks arrive as former CHP dissident and former presidential candidate Muharrem İnce on Monday announced his resignation from the party to establish his own political movement, citing the CHP’s abandonment of its original values and principles.

“The CHP has begun to crumble,” Erdoğan said. “What does the CHP do on its own behalf? Which project has it produced? All we see before us when we look (at it) is a massive void.’’

Erdoğan went on to say the CHP was no different from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which Ankara accuses of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish self-rule for almost 40 years.

İnce on Monday said he was parting ways with "fake CHP members’’ and his party would offer an option to those compelled to vote for the CHP over lack of alternative opposition, Sabah newspaper reported.

The new party will "save the country from both this government and this opposition," İnce said in a press conference he held in Ankara 

İnce, 56, came second to Erdoğan in presidential elections held on June.24, 2018. He won 31 percent of the vote compared with Erdoğan’s 53 percent.

The former presidential candidate, who accuses the CHP for mirroring the domestic policies of the government, is poised to form a party with three CHP lawmakers who stepped down last month, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Özcan Özel and Hüseyin Aksoy.