Kilicdaroglu runs to chair Turkish opposition CHP after video scandal

Turkey's main opposition CHP started to hold its 33rd general assembly meeting to elect its new chairperson and top executives.

Kilicdaroglu runs to chair Turkish opposition CHP after video scandal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) started Saturday to hold its 33rd general assembly meeting to elect its new chairperson and top executives, Turkey's state run news agency said.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu is running as the only candidate for the chair of CHP during today's general assembly, Anadolu Agency said.


Speaking to reporters during the congress, Kilicdaroglu said Turkish people were yearning for a political leader who would focus on their problems. 

"We will try to do that," he said.


CHP's Istanbul deputy Kilicdaroglu has been nominated with the votes of 1,200 delegates during the party's 33rd general assembly meeting held in capital Ankara.

If he wins the election, Kilicdaroglu will become CHP's 7th chairperson. 

On the first day of the two-day congress, CHP will elect its new chairperson.


The names to be included in the 80-member party assembly and 15-member disciplinary committee will be elected on Sunday.

Baykal's scandal

Kilicdaroglu said on Saturday that a conspiracy was plotted against former chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal.

"It is the obligation of us to find perpetrators of the conspiracy," Kilicdaroglu said, who was nominated as the official candidate for the chair of Turkey's main opposition CHP.

Baykal resigned last week, a couple of days after the scandalous appearance of an alleged footage featuring him having an affair with a female CHP deputy who was his ex-secretary.


The video purporting to show him in a bedroom with his female colleague had been posted on the Internet.

Baykal argued that the tape was a "conspiracy" before resigning saying that he was leaving the post to enable a change in CHP. Baykal is married with two children.

Commitments to workers

Commenting on the rights of workers and the retired, Kilicdaroglu said, "We are coming to protect these people's rights".

Kilicdaroglu said his party would attach great importance to labor health and labor safety.

Kilicdaroglu recalled that 30 miners lost their lives in a firedamp explosion in Black Sea province of Zonguldak and expressed his condolences to the families of the workers and to Turkish nation.


Noting that his party would support industrialists and lift the bureaucratic obstacles before them, Kilicdaroglu said his party would bring a new order where producers were awarded, not punished.

Describing unemployment as Turkey's biggest problem, Kilicdaroglu said CHP's ruling would show everybody how an economy shall be governed.

Challenging Erdogan

Kilicdaroglu said that CHP would become next government in next elections.

Addressing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu said, "Nobody can criticize Mr. Erdogan. We will put an end to this empire of fear".

Noting that his party would improve the level of democracy in Turkey, Kilicdaroglu said, "This is not a march, but a marathon towards becoming the ruling party".


"CHP is a revolutionist. We will rebuild Turkey," he said.

A significant crowd comprising of delegates, party members, deputies, representatives from labor unions, artists and journalists gathered at Ankara's Ataturk Sports Hall to watch the congress.

Nearly 2,500 policemen are on duty in capital Ankara today because of the CHP gathering.

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