The support given to Turkey’s main opposition – CHP – by western media outlets only harms the party more than widening its prospects.
“The trauma experienced by the CHP electorate since the election day is surely in the realm of psychiatry.”
Following Muharrem Ince’s success in the elections in comparison to the CHP as a whole, the question arises as to whether he will run for chairmanship.
The significance of Sunday’s election for President Erdogan was clear: it represented a hurdle that he needed to overcome in order to gain political power through democratic means.
By selecting Muharrem Ince as the CHP’s presidential candidate, leader of the party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has re-emphasized that his aim is not to win the election, but to destroy the political career of Ince’s, while securing his own.
With the oppositional bloc relying mostly on emotions and ideology rather than politics and visionary alliances, they have now found themselves leading toward the elections without a strategy.
The main opposition party’s leader is not aiming to win, as he knows that he can’t be elected president; but what he does want is a majority in Parliament and a return to the old system. This goal shows the country how disengaged he really is.
The CHP chairman Kilicdaroglu does not seem to know yet if he will run himself as a candidate or nominate the names like former President and AK Party member Abdullah Gul and the CHP deputy Ilhan Kesici, a center-right politician.
Will CHP be able to break the vicious cycle, contribute to democracy, find solutions to problems and inspire hope in the public? I truly hope so, but it’s a tough challenge for the CHP.
Turkish President Erdogan slammed opposition leader Kilicdaroglu’s call to work with the Assad regime by calling Assad a “murderer.”