CHP leader Kılıçaroğlu calls on ‘democrats’ to unite against totalitarian regimes

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called on “democrats” to unite, stressing that a people-oriented perspective should rule the whole world.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has once again proved us that we are a world citizen community living in separate countries. The struggle against totalitarian or populist totalitarian should also be pursued from this perspective,” CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu said, addressing the Congress of the Bulgarian Movement for Rights and Freedoms via videoconference on Dec. 12.

He recalled that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms is the third-largest political party in Bulgaria, bringing together political representatives of different faiths, cultures and ethnic origins.

Kılıçdaroğlu said he follows closely the party’s democratic struggle for the rights and freedoms of all Bulgarian citizens. “Today, I find the freedom and solidarity, we most need in the world, as the main theme of your congress, and I appreciate it.”

The representation of the party in the Bulgarian Parliament and the European Union (EU) contributes to democracy and also to the development of relations between Turkey and Bulgaria, the CHP leader said.

“The Turkish brothers living in our country and hold Bulgarian citizenship at the same time vote in the elections of Turkey and Bulgaria is a good example in the name of democracy,” he stated.

“This is a very important development in the name of humanity and democracy after the totalitarian regime-centered human rights violations in the past,” Kılıçdaroğlu noted.

Source: HDN

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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