CHP to convene general congress in December

FATIH ŞEMSETTIN IŞIK @semssami
ISTANBUL
Published 19.06.2015 22:20

The Republican People's Party (CHP) will hold its 35th general congress in December and again dissidents in the party are expected to run for the chairmanship against current Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

It is reported that following the meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee on June 16, the party decided to convene a general congress in December. It has been postponed with the decision of the party assembly due to the presidential election that took place last year.

In this upcoming congress, Yalova Deputy Muharrem İnce is again seen as a dissident with the potential to run for the chairmanship against Kılıçdaroğlu after the party did not increase its votes in the parliamentary elections. In the extraordinary congress that was held in September 2014 he ran for the CHP chairmanship and lost to Kılıçdaroğlu. Yet the debates between him and Kılıçdaroğlu have continued.

The CHP had its sixth electoral defeat under Kılıçdaroğlu's chairmanship, a post he has held since 2010, in the elections that took place on June 7, and debates over chairmanship of the party are regarded as highly likely.

Although Kılıçdaroğlu pledged to resign if the CHP received less than 26 percent of the vote in the parliamentary elections, as soon as the election results were announced and the CHP's 25 percent was revealed, Kılıçdaroğlu made a statement in which he said: "I am content with the results. There is no situation to leave the post. I will not resign."

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