Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was chosen to be the seventh leader of Turkey’s main opposition party on Saturday. ‘Our duty is just beginning, but this duty actually falls onto everyone?s shoulders,’ he said. (UPDATED)
Some pro-government dailies argues that newly elected main opposition CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu would be a ‘weak leader’ who will not bring policy change but only follow the old policies of the party, while some other newspapers promote supoprt for the new leader. ?Who is going to direct Kılıçdaroğlu?? is the Sunday headline of Yeni Şafak, while it is ‘[He] started fast, created excitement’ for Doğan group’s Milliyet
The Republican People?s Party (CHP) will miss Deniz Baykal. Many media commentators enthuse that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will be a savior and his CHP will get 35-40 percent of the vote. This will be very difficult if not impossible, given the self-constraints imposed by the party.
Ihsan Bal, Head of Security Studies
Deniz Baykal and Onder Sav: Two Different Defenses
The leader of Turkey?s main opposition party, the Republican People?s Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal stepped aside Monday afternoon (May 10, 2010) after a secret sex tape distributed via the internet allegedly showed him naked with his former private secretary and current Parliamentarian, Nesrin Baytok.