No one can say CHP has been unsuccessful in polls: CHP leader
Hande Fırat - ANKARA
“No one can call us unsuccessful in providing a multi-party presence in parliament. No one can regard us as unsuccessful in the AKP’s [ruling Justice and Development Party] failure to ensure the sole majority in the parliament,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“Additionally, we have presented a very strong presidential candidate and this candidate has put forward more of an effort than any other candidate. No one can regard us as unsuccessful in this matter also,” he added.
“The AKP’s failure is not discussed in the media or in public,” he said.
“It indicates the media’s direct dependence on the ruling party,” said the CHP leader.
“Erdoğan’s party had lost in the latest election. They had fallen to 41 percent from 49 percent. And there is no voice in the party. They are only questioning behind doors. All they deal with is the CHP. Because there is no political space left without the CHP,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“Those who cause harm to the party with their statements have no place in the party,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
The main opposition party “is always open to criticism, in the related assemblies, such as the party assembly, central executive board, etc.,” he said.
“However, to do these criticisms over the media, even to be a headline for pro-government media is something unacceptable,” he said.
While there have been alleged rumors that İnce’s team within the CHP will push for an extraordinary congress for a change in the leadership, both İnce and Kılıçdaroğlu have dismissed the rumors and have said the main opposition party would focus on the local election period, which is due to be held in March 2019.
In response to the question of whether they would meet, Kılıçdaroğlu said the two would gather next week.
“We have spoken over the phone three or four times. We will discuss it in person,” he said.