3 Parliament members from Turkey’s main opposition CHP have resigned citing that there is no intra-party democracy and said what is missing within the party can’t be accomplished in the country.
Turkey’s main opposition party CHP suffered a big blow an Friday after three of its MPs said enough is enough and resigned. Mehmet Ali Celebi, Huseyin Avni Aksoy and Ozcan Ozel held a press conference after their unexpected resignation. The trio exposed dictator-like conditions within Turkey’s second largest political party. “I was subjected to severe mobbing and attempted isolationism after I have made criticism,” said Huseyin Celebi during press conference. He said all party members have been warned about not to make any criticism of the party. Celebi said there is no democracy within CHP. “What does not exist within the party (CHP) can’t be accomplish in the country,” he reiterated. Huseyin Celebi has been prisoned during Turkey’s infamous Sledgehammer trials which were carried out on bogus evidences by Gulenist structure within the state.
The MPs have also complained that CHP has aligned with “terrorists” apparently pointing out the fact that CHP formed a not so secret coalition with pro-PKK party HDP. CHP’s clandestine coalition with HDP reportedly bothers dozens of other MPs and the current resignations could just be the tip of the iceberg, a source close to the party said.
Turkey’s main opposition, on the other hand, pointed finger at president Erdogan calling the resignations “a palace attempt to divide CHP” which became the latest saga in CHP’s “Erdoganmania” a term coined to explain search of Erdogan behind every single development.
CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu have been the chairman of the party for 10 years and lost more than a dozen elections against Erdogan but refused to leave the leadership. CHP finally won Istanbul and Ankara mayorships in 2019 from Ak Party after accomplishing a wide-range election coalition which included Islamists and pro-terrorist-PKK party HDP.