Mar 30 2018

CHP party regulations undemocratic – Erdoğan advisor

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP) is trying to create a system of one-man rule in his party, wrote Turkish presidential advisor İlnur Çevık in an editorial in pro-government Daily Sabah on Saturday.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu,” wrote Çevık, “has been making moves to scuttle the opposition within his party and create a one-man rule system, which he has accused other politicians of doing in the past. He has changed the party statute in an extraordinary convention thus tightening his grip on the party's leadership.”

Çevık added that the CHP leader had also approved a set of rules that aim to silence opposing voices within the party.  Amongst them Çevık cites regulations that stipulate;

- CHP members who will appear before media and the public will not present their personal views on subjects of strategic importance.

- Those representing the CHP in the media will only be allowed to talk about issues of their own expertise.

- Recorded programs will be reviewed before being aired. For interviews, the text of the interview should be reviewed before publication.

Çevık also said it was ironic that the CHP complains about the emergency rule in Turkey, whilst actually imposing party regulations that only exist in authoritarian single-party systems. These amount to a blow to freedom of expression and democratic values.

Çevık characterized Turkey’s state of emergency, in force since the failed coup of July 2016, as “light” and something that, “hardly imposes any restrictions on the daily lives of citizens.” 

Other groups have criticized the state of emergency, pointing to allegations of illegal detention, torture and the dismissal of 150,000 people from their jobs.