Two senior members resign from Turkey's ruling party
İsa Mesih Şahin, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)'s former district head of Istanbul's Kadıköy district, and Fahri Usta, who is known for his close to ties to the Turkish president, announced on Friday his resignation from the party via an online press statement shared by his social media account.
Kuruluşundan bu güne kadar hizmet ettiğim ve 2014-2018 yılları arasında da Kadıköy İlçe Başkanlığı görevini yaptığım AK Parti üyeliğinden istifa etmiş bulunuyorum. pic.twitter.com/FwicfCqJ1A— İsa Mesih Şahin (@isamesihsahin) November 9, 2019
In his statement, Şahin said the AKP had now been controlled by a narrow cadre, had drifted away from its founding principles and had closed all channels for self-reflection, consultation, and joint decision making, adding that there was no more any possibility of triggering a change inside the party.
"My resentment is not to my brothers and sisters within the AKP but only to non-sincere administrators,” Usta said.
Two resignations are the latest in a string of resignations from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP, which suffered its greatest defeat in its 17 years in power in the March local elections.
AKP lost five of Turkey’s most populous provinces to the main opposition secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), including capital Ankara and financial-hub Istanbul.
Former Prime Minister Davutoğlu and former deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan are among the ex-AP heavyweights who parted ways with the AKP earlier this year to establish new political movements.