Main opposition CHP spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19

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Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesperson Faik Öztrak has announced that he contracted the novel coronavirus.

Öztrak, 66, said that he is in good health and entered home quarantine. The CHP spokesperson also asked everyone who came into contact with him to get tested for the COVID-19.

“I have just found out that my COVID-19 test came positive. I am in good health right now. I will work from home for a couple of weeks. I thank everyone who showed concern for me. I ask everyone who came into contact with me without their mask on to get tested,” Öztrak wrote on his Twitter account.

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Öztrak has become the third high-profile Turkish politician to contract the COVID-19.

Binali Yıldırım, a lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who has served as minister and prime minister under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had announced last week that he tested positive for the COVID-19.

Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) chair Ali Babacan had also announced that he was infected with the virus.

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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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