The rise of Turkish main opposition CHP in municipalities

Duvar English

Renowned Turkish journalist Murat Yetkin, in his last piece, analyzed the policies undertaken by mayors of Ankara and Istanbul under the financial constraints imposed by President Erdoğan’s government. According to Yetkin, Erdoğan’s strategy of punishing those who voted in favor of the opposition instead of his candidates through cutting crucial loans to be used on infrastructure is not working, and is, instead, backfiring.

Pointing at recent opinion polls which were aimed at measuring the popularity of local politicians, Yetkin reminded that Mansur Yavaş stands out as the most popular mayor. Yavaş had won the elections with a 51% majority; as of December 2019, and his popularity has risen to 63% percent.

Full text of Murat Yetkin’s article can be reached here

from Duvar English

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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