The main secularist opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) appointed on Tuesday Cevdet Selvi, one of its deputy chairmen, as its acting leader till next week's regular convention.
The CHP party assembly gathered in an extraordinary meeting in Ankara after Deniz Baykal resigned on Monday as the party chairman.
In the meeting, the party assembly decided that Cevdet Selvi would act as the chairman of the party till the regular convention on May 22-23.
Baykal resigned of his post on Monday after a video tape allegedly featuring him having an affair with a female deputy of CHP was released on a video-sharing web-site last week.
Selvi has been the deputy chairman of CHP since 1998. He also served as the acting party chairman for a month as Deniz Baykal resigned from the post after general elections in 1999.
Selvi is a member of parliament from CHP.
The CHP believes the video was uploaded to the Internet in order to weaken the current party leader and administration ahead of its upcoming congress, slated for May 22. The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation to determine who filmed the video and put it online.
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