Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Yalova Deputy Muharrem İnce on Monday declared his bid for party leadership, given he can collect enough signs for candidacy.
Speaking to the private TV station, Habertürk, İnce once again expressed his expectations of the current CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and urged him to call an extraordinary congress. He also slammed Kılıçdaroğlu's claims that the dissidents "receive instructions from President Erdoğan" in order to weaken the party. "If Kılıçdaroğlu can prove his claims, I will leave politics," İnce said. He also criticized the CHP administration's attitude following the referendum defeat. The Yalova deputy had earlier competed against Kılıçdaroğlu for CHP leadership after dissidents called for an emergency congress back in 2014.
However, Kılıçdaroğlu won that race with 740 votes against İnce's 415.
Turmoil within the CHP began after a defeat for the "no" camp in the April 16 referendum. Prominent figures within the party raised their voice against the party administration, accusing them of carrying out ineffective policies against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
İnce on Friday called for an extraordinary congress at the earliest and said, "It's easy, our chairman should call an extraordinary congress in line with the party bylaws," he said.
Meanwhile, one day after İnce's call, CHP Deputy Head and Spokesperson Selin Sayek Böke resigned from her posts with a written statement, saying "CHP, which should be the strongest political actor representing the 'no' bloc, made controversial decisions, questioned intra-party democracy, and suppressed opponents in the party."
The former spokeswoman was involved in an intraparty debate after she suggested that the party boycotts Parliament if the referendum results were legally compromised. Another CHP deputy, Levent Gök, corrected her statements within a few hours and Böke was harshly criticized at a party meeting.
Earlier, CHP's Party Assembly gathered for an extraordinary meeting last week to decide whether to refer Mersin Deputy Fikri Sağlar to the disciplinary committee because of his recent criticism of Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu.
In another incident, former Chairman of the CHP and current Antalya Deputy Deniz Baykal said last week that former President Abdullah Gül, who has long been part of Turkish politics with the ruling AK Party, would have a good chance of winning if he were to run in the 2019 election. Baykal's comments also faced some harsh criticisms from within the CHP.
Some media outlets have claimed that in the wake of the latest developments Kılıçdaroğlu will likely reshuffle the CHP's Central Executive Board (MYK).