CHP says won’t attend meeting to change internal regulations of parliament
ANKARAMain opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will not attend a meeting scheduled by Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman to make amendments to parliamentary bylaws, a party official has said.
“We do not find the step taken for the parliamentary bylaws in order to legitimize the illegitimate results of the ‘unsealed election’ right,” CHP spokesperson Bülent Tezcan said June 7 after a Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting of the party.
His comments came after Kahraman asked leaders of the four parties in parliament to gather in a bid to harmonize the parliament’s internal regulation with the constitutional amendment, which has been approved by a narrow majority in the April 16 referendum.
“As far as we understand from the note we received, the call aims to legitimize the illegitimate result of the ‘unsealed election,’ rather than an internal regulation that would actually strengthen the parliament,” Tezcan said, referring to claims by opposition parties that there were irregularities in the voting on April 16.
“Our leader will not attend the meeting,” he added.
CHP refutes the legitimacy of the constitutional referendum, stating that the voting irregularities and the Supreme Board of Elections’ (YSK) decision to accept unsealed ballots have cast doubt on the results’ legitimacy.
The party previously stated that they would not participate in any process that would be regarded as “legitimizing the election results.”