CHP names new spokesperson after dissident Böke's resignation from post
by Daily Sabah
ANKARAMay 11, 2017 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
May 11, 2017 12:00 am
The decision-making body of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) named deputy Chairman Bülent Tezcan as the new spokesperson after his predecessor Selin Sayek Böke, the dissident deputy who blamed the CHP administration for ‘a lack of sufficient reaction to the April 16 referendum results,' resigned last week.
Tezcan's appointment came shortly after the Central Executive Board party meeting yesterday, where CHP head deputy and former spokesperson Böke resigned from her posts.
"The CHP, which should be the strongest political actor representing the 'no' bloc, made controversial decisions, questioned intraparty democracy and suppressed opponents within the party," she said in a written statement.
Addressing members of the media during his very first press conference at Parliament yesterday, Tezcan strongly criticized the U.S. administration's decision on Monday to authorize equipping "Kurdish elements" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "to ensure a clear victory" over Daesh in Raqqa, Syria.
While the decision to arm the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG) that forms the backbone of SDF forces in Syria has drawn strong criticism from Turkey, the spokesman for the main opposition CHP said it was "unacceptable for Turkey."
Tezcan also noted that the decision and basic arguments behind the decision are a "serious problem."
Meanwhile, Böke's resignation from her post as party spokesperson has been described as the cause of serious turmoil within the party.
She was involved in an intraparty debate following her suggestion that the CHP boycott Parliament if the referendum results were legally compromised.
Disorder within the CHP began after a defeat for the "no" camp in the April 16 referendum. Prominent figures within the party raised their voices against the party administration, accusing them of carrying out ineffective policies against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
The CHP's Yalova deputy, Muharrem İnce declared his bid for party leadership and urged the current CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to call an extraordinary congress.