CHP deputy is ‘more than OK’ with early elections

Duvar English

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Özgür Özel said at a provincial board meeting that the party was “more than okay” with the 2019 elections being held early.

“If it’s an early election, we’re more than okay with it,” said Özel.

Özel deemed the next elections an opportunity to reconcile with the questionable procedures that followed the local elections of April 16, 2019 when a referendum had installed the presidential system.

“These elections will settle the scores of the injury that April 15 inflicted on the presidency and the democratic parliamentary system,” Özel said.

Özel said that CHP has led the country out of a one-man system under the Ottoman Empire, into a parliamentary democracy and finally into a multiple-party parliamentary democracy.

Other voices from the opposition call for early elections

Following the assignment of trustees to municipalities that had elected mayors from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) in the 2019 local elections, HDP had held a meeting where they took an official stance of being pro-early election.

“We say ‘early elections’ to save the people of Turkey from the AKP-MHP tyranny. This is a challenge. Bring it on!” had said HDP’s official statement, adding a call to all opposition members to rally around an early election.

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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