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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] I was watching Kemal KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄ?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, KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄ?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.
[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.
?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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.