Former senior CHP members criticize Kılıçdaroğlu for sectarianism
by Emre Özüm
ANKARAJan 21, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Emre Özüm
Jan 21, 2016 12:00 am
İhsan Özkes, a former Istanbul deputy of the Republican People's Party (CHP), and Savcı Sayan, a former Central Executive Committee (MYK) member of the CHP, have criticized CHP chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's administration, alleging he has identified the CHP as an Alevi Party. While Sayan has indicated that Kılıçdaroğlu is trying to create an Alevi-based majorıty within the party administration of the main opposition party of Turkey, Özkes said, "the CHP has started to become a sectarian party under Kılıçdaroğlu."
After the ordinary congress of the CHP held over the weekend, intra-party criticism is continuing. Former CHP deputy Özkes criticized Kılıçdaroğlu for destroying the structure of the CHP, saying, "the CHP is completely removing itself from society and becoming a sectarian party."
Former MYK member of the CHP Savcı Sayan also underlined the sectarian structure of the party's administration, saying, "There are 42 Alevi members, one Christian member and two Kurdish members in the Party Council (PM) of the CHP. Is it possible to represent all of Turkey with this structure?" He went on to say, "The administrative structure of the CHP is not working for the benefit of Turkey. This structure is only beneficial for groups that want to divide Turkey." Sayan accused Kılıçdaroğlu of being a detrimental to the CHP and deepening the Alevi problem in Turkey. He added that, "in addition to the Kurdish problem in Turkey, there will soon be an Alevi problem because of Kılıçdaroğlu; even though there is not currently conflict between Alevis and Sunnis in Turkey."