Jun 27 2018

Turkish opposition’s İnce says no one should resign after election defeat

The former presidential candidate of Turkey’s leftist main opposition called on party members not to resign after defeat at Sunday’s elections, left-wing newspaper Birgün reported.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential hopeful Muharrem İnce ran a spirited campaign, but still came second to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while the party received only 23 percent of the vote in the parliamentary polls.

Since Kılıçdaroğlu became party leader in 2010, the CHP has lost four general elections, two presidential elections and two referendums. But in his first public comments on the latest defeat, two days after the polls, Kılıçdaroğlu made no mention of resigning.

A group of CHP supporters staged a sit-in protest in the party’s Ankara headquarters on Tuesday, calling on CHP leaders to throw in the towel. CHP parliamentarians Gürsel Erol and Eren Erdem have also been outspoken critics of the party’s performance.

But İnce said no one should step down.

“Not a single person should resign from the party. Everyone should remain in their place,” Birgün quoted İnce as saying.