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Pro-AKP press has been labelled as “partisan media” by particularly Doğan Media Group press but as Star daily claims those who labelled others as partisan show signs of partisan coverage themselves towards CHP’s Kılıçdaroğlu…

I did not like this ?Recep Bey? rhetoric

by NAZLI ILICAK – SABAH
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is an inexperienced orator. I particularly found his reference to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as ?Recep Bey? very simple.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – A speech promising no major change

A new era has started both in the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) and in Turkish politics with the election of CHP İstanbul deputy Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to the CHP?s leadership at the party?s congress held over the weekend.

KLAUS JURGENS – CHP?s new leadership: modern social democracy or old rhetoric?

Devoid of a credible center-left alternative to Turkey?s governing and very successful Justice and Development Party (AK Party), this weekend Turkey?s main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) finally chose a new leader: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – CHP: A slight move from ?politics of fear? toward hope

The almost unanimous choice for the only candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, as the new leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP) marks an attempt to reset, refresh, restructure and redefine what is known as ?center left? in Turkey.


Kılıçdaroğlu family poses for the media.

EKREM DUMANLI – The CHP?s test over change

Within the span of a few weeks, Deniz Baykal was erased from the chairmanship of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and from politics.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – CHP?s festival for getting rid of Baykal

Everyone who had worked in, for or at the Republican People?s Party (CHP) in the past was there.
Winds of change in CHP no more than a light breeze
Today’s Zaman
In his speech on Saturday, the CHP’s new leader, Kılıçdaroğlu, supported defendants in the trial of Ergenekon — a clandestine organization whose suspected

Turkish PM accuses media of boosting CHP leader

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey?s prime minister criticized the new leader of the country?s main opposition Tuesday, saying Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had merely triumphed with the help of the media.

Ultranationalist figures enter Kılıçdaroğlu’s CHP
Today’s Zaman
Tuncer Kılınç, another Ergenekon suspect, was also present at last weekend’s CHP elections. Baykal publicly said several times that he was the lawyer of the


FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – CHP Party Council yet another disappointment

The newly elected leader of the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has determined the members of the new Party Council he will work with, excluding both former CHP leader Deniz Baykal and his allies.

Kılıçdaroğlu Just Doesn’t Get It

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] I was watching Kemal KılıçdaroÄ?lu, the new leader of the main opposition, last night on TV. A journalist asked him what he thinks of the “Kurdish question.” Carefully avoiding the K word, KılıçdaroÄ?lu rather referred to the “southeastern question,” and said something like this: “The real issue is poverty and unemployment. If a young man doesn’t have a job and a hope for future, he will join either the terrorist organization or the mafia. So, we will focus on the economic development of the region.” And this proved to me that he doesn’t have a clue on the country’s most serious problem.

The CHP As a Secular Tribe

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] The recent sex scandal that led to the resignation of Deniz Baykal, the leader of the People’s Republican Party, or CHP, was certainly interesting news. But what I have found more interesting is the aftermath of the affair, and particularly the amazing devotion that many CHP folks have shown to their fallen leader. First, let’s recall who Mr. Baykal is. He certainly is a smart man and an astute politician. Yet you can really not define his political career as success story. He never won an election, and never made his CHP, “the party which founded the Turkish Republic” a truly popular one. With his growing nationalism and fear mongering, he won the distaste of not just liberals but even most social democrats.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – What does Kılıçdaroğlu promise in foreign policy?

?You should approach foreign policy like a chess master. You cannot manage it with faits accomplis. You cannot solve [issues] just by giving your signature. This did not work in Cyprus. The people of Cyprus got rid of the [ballot] box the AKP [Justice and Development Party, AK Party] had brought.

DOĞU ERGİL – More on the CHP

It is a joy to see the surge of hope created by the sudden change of leadership in the Republican People?s Party (CHP). It seems sentiments that have been built up against the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and whatever it represents in terms of values and lifestyle have found a suitable reservoir in which to accumulate.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – A new design for a coalition era

Under normal circumstances, this would happen: Seizing the opportunity to get rid of a dictatorial leader, who has been known for his consistent political failures in the arena, the delegates of the ?center left? Republican People?s Party (CHP) could have turned the congress into a platform where the reasons for the failure were openly debated and ways to achieve success were outlined.

ABDULLAH BOZKURT – Too many chiefs in the CHP

While I was talking with a group of ambassadors from European Union member states about the possible comeback of the former chairman of the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, last week, all of them agreed that if that happens, it would definitely indicate a lack of democratic maturity in Turkish politics and the failure to nurture an alternative.

HASAN KANBOLAT – Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?s flat cap approach to Turkish foreign policy

In the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) 33rd extraordinary congress Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was the only candidate for chairman of the party. While 1,197 delegates cast votes, eight were considered invalid.

ANDREW FINKEL – CHP and the Winkies

Anyone who has ever watched ?The Wizard of Oz? will fondly remember the wonderful coup de théâtre when Dorothy finally ?liquidates? the Wicked Witch of the West with a bucket of water.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Will Kılıçdaroğlu increase the CHP?s votes?

While the wind of new Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılışdaroğlu is blowing at full speed in Turkish politics, with him assuming party leadership and enjoying media support over the weekend, many question how long this honeymoon will last and whether the CHP and the party will take concrete steps that will bring it to power in the coming general elections.

LALE KEMAL – Hope fades for transformation after CHP congress

Turkey’s oldest political party, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), held its 33rd congress over the weekend in Ankara with a crowd that hadn’t been as cheerful since the party’s 1972 congress, when the now-deceased Bülent Ecevit replaced İsmet İnönü as party leader in the midst of hopes for a transformation.

CHP to be reactionary and democratic

by ERGUN BABAHAN-  STAR
The headline of this article is an oxymoron, but it is the truth. This is an indication that the Republican People?s Party (CHP) will perpetuate its traditional policies with regard to the government?s Kurdish initiative, recognition of ethnic identities and the government?s reform package under the leadership of its new leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Will CHP applaud military in politics?

by EMRE AKÖZ – SABAH
The most fundamental problem of Turkish politics is the role of the military. Will the military directly or indirectly intervene in politics?

Le « Gandhi » turc

by acturca

La Croix (France)

25 mai 2010

Kemal Kiliçdaroglu Nouveau patron du parti kémaliste. Kemal Kiliçdaroglu a été élu samedi à la tête du Parti républicain du peuple (CHP), la principale formation d?opposition. Cet ancien fonctionnaire pourrait bien changer la donne sur la scène politique turque.

Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, nouveau leader du parti d?opposition turc CHP

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 25 mai 2010, p. 2

Guillaume Perrier

Surnommé ? Gandhi ?, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, 62 ans (Photo AFP), a été élu, samedi 22 mai, à la tête du Parti républicain du peuple, le premier parti d?opposition en Turquie, fondé par Atatürk, le père de la Turquie laïque. Député d?Istanbul réélu en 2007, très populaire, il était vice-président de ce parti aux côtés de Deniz Baykal, son prédécesseur contraint à la démission, lundi 10 mai, après la diffusion d?une vidéo le montrant en compagnie d?une jeune femme.

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