Jun 26 2018

Newly elected opposition MP calls for resignation of party administration


A newly elected member of parliament from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has called for the the party’s administration to resign following the CHP’s poor performance in Sunday’s polls, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported.

CHP’s presidential candidate Muharrem İnce received 30.6 percent of the votes in Sunday’s presidential polls, while the CHP received 22.6 percent of the votes in parliamentary polls. Turkey’s main opposition party and chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in particular, have been criticized for their poor performance in elections since Kılıçdaroğlu took office as CHP leader in 2010. The  party has lost four general elections and two presidential elections with Kılçdaroğlu at the helm. 

CHP deputy Gürsel Erol, in a Twitter post on Monday said the CHP’s defeat on Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections was directly linked to the party’s central administration. Erol’s call follows that of CHP deputy Eren Erdem the same day, who accused the party administration of being ‘’asleep,’’ in their response to Sunday’s polls.

‘’Our party needs men with a sense of mission and not ‘seat men,’’’ Erol said.