CHP's lawmaker challenges party leader after debate on Muslim call to prayer
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
Under fire for his proposal to change the language of the Muslim call to prayer, a Turkish main opposition lawmaker declared his intention to capture the party leadership.
"You know I’m getting ready for the chairmanship, you will see me as an opponent," Öztürk Yılmaz, Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker for the eastern Ardahan province, told reporters in parliament Nov. 9.
Yılmaz was referred to the committee because he appeared on television without permission, in violation of party rules.
In a recent appearance, Yılmaz argued that the Muslim call to prayer, or adhan, should be changed from Arabic to Turkish.
His remarks were slammed by the party administration as well as CHP lawmakers.
Yılmaz stressed that he was "backing up all the things" he said on the program, adding that "our beautiful language should be spoken everywhere."
From 1932 to 1950, in Turkey’s single-party era of CHP rule, the adhan was done in Turkish, but then-Prime Minister Adnan Menderes ended the practice in 1950.
Kılıçdaroğlu spent the night of the defeated coup in Istanbul, at the home of the mayor of the Bakirkoy district.
The Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.