PES welcomes the result of the democratic opposition in the Turkish local elections

A setback for Erdoğan in the local elections in Turkey. Congratulations to our friends CHP and their leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for the strong results. Congratulations to Mansur Yavaş elected mayor of Ankara and Ekrem İmamoglu in Istanbul.

A strong outcome for the PES associated members: CHP won 30% of the vote nationwide and the two most important cities in Turkey, and HDP secured fourth place.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu addresses supporters at campaign rally

The PES is thrilled by the strong results achieved by the Republican People’s Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, CHP) in the local elections in Turkey and by all the democratic opposition.

CHP, an associate member of the PES, won the two most important cities in the country – the capital Ankara, and Istanbul, the biggest city on the continent of Europe. The party is the main opposition to the Erdogan regime, secured 30% of the vote and finished second nationwide, putting in a strong challenge to Erdogan’s AKP, which has 44% of the vote.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“I would like to congratulate the CHP (Republican People’s Party) and their leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on this solid result. They fought a strong campaign and are convincing more and more people to back a democratic Turkey.

By winning Ankara and Istanbul, the CHP achieved much more than the two most important mayors in Turkey. People in the country saw that democracy can win, despite Erdogan’s repression against opposition candidates, the threats, the government’s propaganda machine and the censorship of the media.”

The other PES associate member party from Turkey – HDP Peoples’ Democratic Party (Halklarin Demokratik Partisi) – finished in fourth place nationwide, with 4.2% of the vote. The co-chair of HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, was imprisoned by Turkish authorities in November 2016 and is still awaiting trial, despite the European Court of Human Rights ordering the termination of the unlimited pre-trial detention. The PES has protested the illegal detention on several occasions.

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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