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Funny cartoonsfrom Mavi Boncuk on Kılıçdaroğlu’s candidacy. More here.

‘Gandhi’ Kemal’s long march to power in Turkey begins with convention of hope
Hurriyet Daily News
Unlike during former leader Deniz Baykal’s era, the ongoing case of Ergenekon, an alleged gang comprising prominent figures accused of planning to topple

CHP'nin 33. Olağan Kurultayı

more photos here.

Kılıçdaroğlu officially named sole candidate at CHP convention

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was officially named the sole candidate for the leadership of Turkey?s main opposition party Saturday after the application period closed at midday, a party official said. (UPDATED)

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His life in photos here.

Turkey’s opposition party elects leader

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s main opposition party is set to elect an anti-corruption crusader as its new leader following the chairman’s resignation over a sex scandal.

Can CHP become more popular?

by MUSTAFA ERDOĞAN – STAR
Will the Republican People?s Party (CHP) become more popular under the possible leadership of İstanbul deputy Kemal Kılıdçaroğlu, who has revealed his intention to run for party leadership?

Treacherous politics

by HASAN CELAL GÜZEL – RADİKAL
The ex-leader of the CHP failed to manage the crisis well in the wake of his video scandal. He made the mistake of his life by resigning as head of the CHP.

CHP?s potential change andthe fate of onstitutional amendments by Levent KÖker

The unexpected decision by Deniz Baykal to resign as chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is an event that will have a strong impact on Turkish politics.

ANDREW FINKEL – The nature of the beast and of the CHP

It was true even of Britain?s great wartime leader Winston Churchill. It is the nature of the beast. No politician resigns while they are on top; they are forced out of office when they are no longer in control.

Farewell Baykal…

by ALİ BAYRAMOĞLU-  YENİ ŞAFAK
The outcome of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) provincial chairmen?s meeting on Tuesday was this: While 77 provincial chairmen decided to support Kılıçdaroğlu, four chose to support Deniz Baykal.

How does the AK Party view Kılıçdaroğlu?

by RUŞEN ÇAKIR – VATAN
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu announcing his bid for Republican People?s Party (CHP) leadership after the eruption of former CHP leader Deniz Baykal?s sex video scandal surprised the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), just like everyone else.

ABDULLAH BOZKURT – Repackaging the CHP

The delegates of the main opposition party are gathering in Ankara today for a two-day national party convention to select their new leader after Deniz Baykal stepped down from the chairmanship following an alleged affair.

THE CORRIDOR – The AKP’s Kılıçdaroğlu concern

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
The AKP will closely follow the CHP with Kılıçdaroğlu in the upcoming term. Remarks like, ‘We are glad to have such opposition,’ will not be uttered for Kılıçdaroğlu, at least for now.

A palace coup in the CHP by MÜMTAZ?ERTÜRKÖNE

When kings were changed as a result of conspiracies inside the palace, it was known as a palace coup. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) is changing its chairman using the same technique, in other words, with a palace coup.

Old CHP is out, New CHP is in

by AVNİ ÖZGÜREL – RADİKAL
What?s evident right now is that the old CHP as we know it is gone. We are entering the process of building a New CHP. It?s unreasonable to think that the dilapidated structure will surrender without putting up a fight.

On the eve of a new CHP

by HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN-  SABAH
To make a long story short, Kılıçdaroğlu drew his sword at the right time, used it and won. Then again, the game was never over in the Ottoman Empire or in the CHP.

Turkey’s Gandhi poised to lead opposition

from FT.com – World, Europe
An anti-corruption campaigner labelled Turkey’s Gandhi for his slight frame and mild demeanour is poised to become leader of the main opposition party, fuelling hopes of its reform into an electable alternative to the ruling AK party

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Will change come to the CHP?

It is possible to say that a new era has begun for Turkey?s staunchly secular main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) with İstanbul deputy Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s bid for the party?s top post after its long-time leader Deniz Baykal?s sudden resignation in the wake of the emergence of a scandalous video.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s candidacy

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Real leaders rise among those who become candidates despite their leaders.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Kılıçdaroğlu besieged by skepticism

Interestingly enough, some media organs — particularly those belonging to the Doğan Media Group — strongly endorse the candidacy of Republican People?s Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for CHP party leadership.

HÜSEYİN GÜLERCE – Will Kılıçdaroğlu help evade coups?

If Deniz Baykal does not try a strong last minute move to influence delegates, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will become the Republican People?s Party?s (CHP) next chairman on Sunday. A certain media group that is influential on centrist parties has already been at work trying to advertise, embellish and market a certain figure.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – ?Turkey?s military problem? (3)

One of the most striking episodes in Hasan Cemal?s new book, with the same title as my column, is about how the military command, disappointed and infuriated by what it saw as ?remnant fundamentalist elements? coming back to power with a constitutional majority in Parliament, used the Cyprus referendum process to weaken it and derail Turkey from the path of European Union membership.
Turkey sours on surveillance systems after alleged affair video
Christian Science Monitor
Wiretaps have been an integral part of the ?Ergenekon? investigation, but privacy advocates have accused civil servants of leaking to pro-government

CHP has passed ‘critical test’ in Europe, party’s Brussels chief says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Agreement on one candidate for the party congress this weekend sent positive signals across Europe in terms of intra-party democracy, a CHP official has said.

‘Gandhi’ Kemal’s long march to power in Turkey begins with convention of hope

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Those who argue that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu lacks the ‘charisma’ and ‘ability to lead’ had to be present at the Republican People?s Party, or CHP, convention Saturday in Ankara to see how wrong they were.

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