CHP’s campaign for justice and democracy to accelerate in 2018: Kılıçdaroğlu

CHP’s campaign for justice and democracy to accelerate in 2018: Kılıçdaroğlu

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has voiced its determination to step up efforts in the name of democracy, the rule of law and media freedom in 2018, vowing to carry the hope of the “No” campaign in the April 2017 referendum to future elections.

“Despite all the problems we faced in 2017, there are some lessons that we can draw. We have realized how we are right and that we are not alone in our struggle for freedom and justice against a government that has abandoned the principle of the rule of law,” CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said in his New Year message on Dec. 31.

“The ‘No’ votes cast in the April 16, 2017 constitutional amendment referendum against a one-man regime show that we are a big family loyal to democracy,” Kılıçdaroğlu added, vowing to “re-install the parliamentary system.”

Some 48.6 percent of voters opposed the constitutional amendments in the referendum, which led to a narrow win for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The CHP led the “No” campaign with the support of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and other political parties and civil society groups.

In his message, Kılıçdaroğlu also referred to his “Justice March” from Ankara to Istanbul in the summer, which was kicked off after CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu was arrested on terror and espionage charges.

“Our ‘Justice March’ was the historic awakening of a nation. We voiced the demand for justice and the demand to conquer fear,” he said, expressing hopes that all arrested lawmakers and journalists will be released from prison and meet their families.

The CHP leader also cited arrested journalist, Ahmet Şık, vowing to designate 2018 as a “year of hope” for all journalists, underlining once again the principle that “journalism is not a crime.”

Hurriyet Daily News

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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