Raised voices in opposition parties expected after elections failings

ALI ÜNAL @ali_unal
ISTANBUL
Published 02.11.2015 21:28

After opposition parties suffered heavy losses in the early elections on Nov. 1, which resulted in a landslide victory for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), critical voices in opposition parties are expected to increase.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) did not increase its votes greatly on Nov.1, receiving 25.78 of the vote. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Sunday night that the results put further responsibility on the shoulders of the CHP without giving a signal of whether he would step down as party chairmanship. The CHP's top decision body, the Central Executive Comity (MYK), is expected to meet on Tuesday and evaluate the election results. The CHP postponed its general congress this December, so the party administration needs to renew provincial chairmen in the 81 provinces before holding a general congress. The top CHP executive body is expected to decide the dates for the party congress on Tuesday.

It is widely expected that Kılıçdaroğlu will struggle to keep his post in the upcoming general congress. In September 2014 the CHP held an extraordinary congress and Kılıçadoğlu was re-elected with 740 votes while his rival Muharrem İnce surprisingly received 415 votes. In the upcoming general congress Yalova deputy İnce is expected to run again against Kılıçdaroğlu, and CHP sources expect that İnce will likely receive more support this time round.

As for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), no changes are expected. Even though the MHP suffered heavily in the elections, receiving 12.2 percent of the vote, down 4.1 percent from the June 7, MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli kept his silence following the results despite calls for his resignation. Intra-party politics against Bahçeli also look unlikely due to Bahçeli's harsh stance against party opposition. Prior to the Nov. 1 election a leading party opposition figure, Tuğrul Türkeş, the son of the founder of the MHP, resigned from the party and became a deputy for the AK Party. Another prominent MHP figure and former interior minister, Meral Akşener, was among the seven names excluded from the list of deputy candidates to run in the elections. Because of this some political analysts believe that an MHP figure may resign from the party and establish another political party in the upcoming days.

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