Municipal council member from ruling party shoots at opposition councilor’s car in northern Turkey

Duvar English

A municipal council member from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has shot the car of a councilor from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the Kargı district of the northern province of Çorum.

İbrahim Eken from the AKP and another ruling party councilor’s son, İbrahim Akgül blocked the road as Sonay Ergül’s vehicle was passing and shot it late on May 25.

“I barely survived,” Ergül said, adding that he managed to escape from the scene, but they caught him once again and threw rocks at the car.

Ergül said that he notified the gendarmerie of the incident and a weapon suspected of being used in the incident was found in Eken’s vehicle.

“Nearly a hundred cartridges were found in the scene. The people I complained about were released after their testimonies were taken,” he said.

According to Ergül, the attack took place after an argument in the municipal council.

from Duvar English

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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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