More Members Call CHP’s Kılıçdaroğlu And His Team To Resign

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Tension within Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is continuing as more members call for Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to resign.

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Most recently, İzmir Deputy Birgül Ayman Güler has requested Kılıçdaroğlu and his team to resign for poor administration skills.

“I call upon the party administration and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to resign before the 2015 general elections for the sake of the CHP’s success,” Güler said speaking at a two-day event organized by the CHP in Germany. She argued that the referral of Eskişehir Deputy Süheyl Batum to the party’s disciplinary committee with a request for his dismissal was unacceptable as she claimed he was a hard-working and devoted member of the CHP. “It is crucial for the party to make a public statement and explain why they are maltreating Batum” Güler said, emphasizing that mistakes have added up and it is about time that the party take action in this respect. More importantly, she asserted that the resignation of Kılıçdaroğlu and his administration is necessary for the party to gain strength and win elections.

Following deputy Emine Ülker Tarhan’s resignation from the CHP a few weeks ago, other deputies have announced that they also stand against the current policies of the party while Mehmet Bekaroğlu – formerly a member of the far-right Felicity Party (SP) who transferred to the CHP and was included in the Party Assembly through the “gender quota” within the party – claimed that Tarhan’s resignation will not weaken the party but strengthen it. Other deputies have responded to Bekaroğlu’s statements and criticized him for changing the party’s dynamics despite the fact that he is a newcomer. Adana Deputy Ümit Özgümüş on his Twitter account said that Bekaroğlu is the last person to speak about internal dispute within the CHP and Uşak Deputy Dilek Akagün said the resignation of real CHP supporters would not strengthen the party, but the resignation of newcomers who joined the party and trying to transform it would strengthen it.

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