Turkish opposition CHP re-elects Kaftancıoğlu as its Istanbul chair

Duvar English

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) re-elected Canan Kaftancıoğlu as its Istanbul provincial head during a party congress on Feb. 9.

Kaftancıoğlu was the only person who put forward her candidacy for the position, which was criticized by some party members, who found the process as “undemocratic.” During her speech, Kaftancıoğlu said: “I wish it was a congress with multiple candidates.”

Some 571 delegates out of a total 677 cast their ballots during the voting process. Out of the 510 valid votes, Kaftancıoğlu was re-elected with 444 votes.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, from the CHP, held a speech during the congress on Feb. 9, saying the “change taking place in Istanbul will change whole Turkey.”

“There are special times when the history speeds up. In such special times, things that are thought to be unchanging do change. And people feel compelled to think differently and act differently; and with the March 31 and July 23 elections, Turkey has entered such a period,” İmamoğlu said.

İmamoğlu was referring to the local elections on March 31, 2019 as well as the re-run of Istanbul’s mayoral election on July 23, 2019.

Kaftancıoğlu been credited as the person behind İmamoğlu’s election win in Istanbul. The CHP’s victory ended the 25 year-rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its predecessor Welfare (“Refah”) Party in Istanbul.

In September of 2019, Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison for old tweets that allegedly spread terrorist propaganda. The CHP has said the conviction is politically motivated and is a “revenge” for the AKP’s loss in Istanbul as the trial began shortly after İmamoğlu’s re-run win.

Kaftancıoğlu appealed the conviction and has not been imprisoned during this appeal process.

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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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