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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.