Our republic is taken hostage by gov’t, CHP leader says in statement marking Republic Day

Duvar English

Our republic is taken hostage by a political understanding that aims to rule poverty instead of defeating it, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader said in a written statement released to mark Oct. 29 Republic Day.

“Our republic is not fully managing to support those in need. We are facing a republic that has been taken hostage by a political understanding that aims to rule poverty rather than beating it,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding that “we don’t have the right to be hopeless.”

“Those who founded the republic didn’t succumb to hopelessness. We don’t have the right to do so as well,” he said.

Turkey on Oct. 29 marks the 97th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

On Oct. 29, 1923, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country’s founding father, officially declared the name of the nation and proclaimed the country’s status as a republic.

Kılıçdaroğlu also criticized the government over various issues, including unemployment, violence against women, nepotism, injustice, the election threshold, branding critics “terrorists” and freedom of speech.

According to the CHP leader, the republic must be the solution to Turkey’s problems.

“In sum, the republic is to build a country that we all live in peace together,” he said, adding that the centenary of the Turkish Republic is in three years.

“Our duty is to crown the Republic with democracy. I have no doubt that our people will vote for it in the next elections,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, referring to the elections scheduled to be held in 2023.

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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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