CHP Leader Vows to Clear Out ‘So-Called’ Party Members


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Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has vowed to clear the party of “so-called” members whose sole concerns are winning tenders in CHP municipalities, in reaction to recent speculations on CHP Çankaya Mayor Alper Taşdelen.

“Gross slanders have been made [against Taşdelen]. And these traducers are so-called CHP members. I will wipe them all out. Our concern is Turkey; theirs is ‘How can I win a tender?’ There is no such thing. We will never allow this,” Kılıçdaroğlu told reporters over the weekend, on the occasion of the opening of a park built by the Çankaya Municipality for world-renown Turkish author Yaşar Kemal.

A newspaper belonging to a former CHP lawmaker argued Taşdelen was shot by his father-in-law over a business-related argument and was secretly treated at a private hospital. Taşdelen categorically denied the allegations and filed a criminal complaint against the newspaper and its publisher.

The story was published immediately after the Nov. 1 elections, the results of which prompted in-house calls at the CHP for a leadership change through an extraordinary convention. Former lawmaker Umut Oran and current İzmir deputy Mustafa Balbay have already announced their intention to run for the leadership.