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Kılıçdaroğlu to take on reorganization after Turkish referendum

ANKARA - Daily News Parliament Bureau | 9/15/2010 12:00:00 AM | GÖKSEL BOZKURT

Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has decided to reorganize his party after raising his party’s votes in the referendum.

Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has decided to reorganize his party after raising his party’s votes in the referendum.

Kılıçdaroğlu’s first task following the referendum was the long-awaited appointment of Gürsel Tekin to deputy party leader.

The CHP top management is not leaning toward former leader Deniz Baykal’s call for a general assembly, citing the nine months that remain until the elections as the reason.

Kılıçdaroğlu had a hard time appointing Istanbul Provincial Chairman Gürsel Tekin to the party assembly due to resistance from CHP Secretary-General Önder Sav.

After working for a month before the referendum to appoint Tekin to the party’s Central Executive Board, or MYK, Kılıçdaroğlu was finally able to bring Tekin to the position of deputy leader.

Prior to the 2011 election campaign, Kılıçdaroğlu will also work to remedy deficiencies in the party organization.

Kılıçdaroğlu appointed Gürsel Tekin as the “deputy leader in charge of civil society, trade associations and public relations.”

The party leader will also assess reports from the provincial party branches, possibly making staffing changes to present a younger face of the party.

[HH] CHP turns to ‘middle class’

According to information obtained by the Hürriyet Daily News, Kılıçdaroğlu is planning to appeal to the middle and working classes following an assessment at the MYK.

“The new middle class will shape the future of Turkey,” said Kılıçdaroğlu, pointing out that the party is growing among the socio-economically advanced and educated class. “This expansion is growing inward from the shorelines.”

Kılıçdaroğlu also asked for an election commission to determine the party’s new political style.

Speaking to journalists prior to his trip to Brussels, Kılıçdaroğlu said, “A new election strategy will be determined in the upcoming period, and the referendum results will be examined, too.”

[HH] Baykal asks for general assembly

Former CHP party leader Baykal, speaking to daily Taraf in an interview published Wednesday, asked for a general assembly to be convened.

“A new roadmap and new start is essential. The CHP must go to a general assembly. CHP members who have been left out must be brought back into the party. The new guidelines must be brought to life. They must go to the elections under the leadership of Mr. Kemal [Kılıçdaroğlu],” said Baykal.

A representative supporting Baykal spoke to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, saying: “As supporters of Baykal, we do not want to go to the elections with the fear of being eliminated. A general assembly must convene, a new party council must be created and everyone must be embraced.”

Responding to Baykal’s suggestion in Brussels on Wednesday, Kılıçdaroğlu said the delegates convening the general assembly would make the decision.

Baykal later said Taraf had taken liberty in interpreting his thoughts and that they were not an official statement from the former party leader.

[HH] Top management not supportive

However, the CHP’s top management is not leaning toward Baykal’s general assembly suggestion because just nine months remain until the election.

The final decision is still up to Kılıçdaroğlu, but after the reorganization of the party’s infrastructure, Kılıçdaroğlu is expected to direct his entire attention to the election.

After the general election, Kılıçdaroğlu has indicated that he will again appeal for a general assembly.

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