Turkey’s Main Opposition Party CHP Holds Primaries

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Sunday held preliminary elections to determine its candidates to run in the parliamentary elections slated for June 7.

Photo :Hülya Karahan

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Around 760,000 party members went to the polls in 41 provinces and 45 electoral regions across the country for the CHP’s preliminary elections. There was high interest in the party’s preliminary elections, with many party members flocking to the polling stations early in the morning.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu ran in the preliminary elections from the Aegean province of İzmir, a CHP stronghold, but he cast his vote in Ankara on Sunday. Kılıçdaroğlu, who was elected as a deputy in the 2007 and 2011 parliamentary elections from İstanbul, will seek to be a candidate from İzmir in the June 7 elections.

According to preliminary results of the elections, Kılıçdaroğlu ranked first in İzmir’s 2nd Region with around 31,000 votes. Mustafa Balbay followed Kılıçdaroğlu with some 19,000 votes.

Other prospective candidates in İzmir asked for support for themselves along with Kılıçdaroğlu. Some of them had banners that read “First 57, then me,” with a reference to the candidacy number of the CHP leader.

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