CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu calls for unity, cancels election program after deadly bomb blast

Turkey’s main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu expresses deep sorrow and cancels all party election programs across the country after the deadly twin bomb attack that struck a peace rally in Ankara on Saturday that killed 30 and injured over a hundred.

We are in deep sorrow… Our youth are being sacrificed to terror,” CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told reporters in Istanbul, where he announced that his party’s campaign events across the country have been cancelled.

“I do not want to directly blame anyone, but tell me is this how the country should be governed,“ the CHP leader asked, while calling on Ankara to take action.

“Turkey, especially as a country that aspires to become an European Union member, does not deserve to be dragged into death and bloodshed.”

In his statement to the press Kılıçdaroğlu also issued a call for unity against terror. “This country belongs to all of us and irrespective of our different political views or religious beliefs, all of us need to voice a unified stance and condemn terror.”

Oct 10, 2015 |

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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