CHP Leader Has Builded up A New Team
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has renewed nearly half of the party’s management to take it to the 2015 parliamentary elections. He has also appointed two new chief advisors to consult on foreign policy and political planning.
Kılıçdaroğlu is planning to appoint two chief advisers to work directly with him: Murat Özçelik on foreign policy and the Kurdish peace process and Erdoğan Toprak on policy planning. Both recently failed to be elected to the Party Assembly and thus cannot be appointed as deputy leaders.
Mehmet Bekaroğlu, a former conservative politician; Berberoğlu, the former editor-in-chief of daily Hürriyet; Karakaş, a veteran social democrat politician; Böke, an academic expert on economics; and Şenatalar, a well-known academic on social development are all new transfers who have been included in the CHP’s party management.
The new shadow Cabinet was announced on Sept. 14, one day after the 60-seated Party Assembly held its first meeting under Kılıçdaroğlu’s renewed leadership. According to a statement issued by the CHP, Deputy Head Gürsel Tekin will continue to serve as the party’s secretary-general.
The new list of deputy leaders and their areas of responsibility is as follows:
Tekin Bingöl: Party organization and its structuring abroad;
Haluk Koç: Administrative and financial affairs;
Bülent Tezcan: Election and legal issues;
Seyhan Erdoğdu: Inter-party education;
Sezgin Tanrıkulu: Human rights;
Veli Ağbaba: Local governance;
Yakup Akkaya: Trade unions and other civil society organizations;
Faik Öztrak: Business groups;
Selin Sayek Böke: Economic policies;
Burhan Şenatalar: Social policies;
Şafak Pavey: Environmental policies;
Sencer Ayata: Research and development;
Ercan Karakaş: Culture and arts;
Mehmet Bekaraoğlu: Public relations;
Enis Berberoğlu: Communication and media.