Journalist Ekşi plans to join Turkish opposition CHP

There are rumors that the journalist will join the main opposition party during the party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

Journalist Ekşi plans to join Turkish opposition CHP

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Hürriyet daily chief columnist Oktay Ekşi, who was forced to resign after he insulted the prime minister and state ministers in one of his columns in October, reportedly plans to join the Republican People's Party (CHP).

There are rumors that the journalist will join the main opposition party during the party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

Ekşi referred to members of the government as having a “mindset willing to sell one's own mother” -- the phrase in Turkish is highly offensive and implies one who is willing to sell one's own mother as a prostitute -- when criticizing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız and Environment Minister Veysel Eroğlu over a government project to build a hydroelectric complex in the Black Sea province of Rize in his column published on Oct. 28. He concluded his column with the sentence, “Now you are seeing the attainments of a mindset willing to sell one's own mother.”

Strong negative reactions to Ekşi's column forced the veteran columnist to resign from Hürriyet, where he had been working as a chief columnist for 36 years. Ekşi is still the head of the Press Council. There were no immediate details as to the post Ekşi would hold if he joined the CHP.

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