CHP leads democracy struggle in Turkey: CHP leader

CHP leads democracy struggle in Turkey: CHP leader

Rifat Başaran - ANKARA
CHP leads democracy struggle in Turkey: CHP leader

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of being deficient in solving current problems in Turkey, stating the CHP would “lead the democracy struggle.”

“The current economic and political environment show that the newly effective system and the president are ineffective in solving the country’s problems. The CHP will be the leader of the democracy struggle in Turkey,” Kılıçdaroğlu said in a party report. 

The party’s top executive body has prepared a report to be convened to the Party Assembly to determine the future road map of the main opposition party, especially on preparations for the upcoming local elections.

Kılıçdaroğlu has written a preface to the report, underlying the social democrat party’s criticism to the recent shift in Turkey’s executive system, stating it “would further the current problems in Turkey.”

“With the June 24 elections, Turkey has shifted from a parliamentary system to a system called a ‘presidential executive system,’ which is formally seen to have some characteristics of the presidential system but a lack of checks and balance systems,” he said, calling it a “sui generis system lack of any fundamental institutions of presidential system.”

The CHP leader said the current economic and political situation in Turkey cannot be solved with the governmental understanding of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, “which has become concrete with [the authority to issue] presidential decree.”

“The problems of the country is not unsolvable,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

“The solution to the problems and a bright future can be possible with a democratization program which envisages democratization. Within the framework of this program, it is compulsory that the state, economy, politics and social and societal life to be democratized,” he said.

“The CHP will continue to carry the responsibility to be the leader and the pioneer of our country’s democratization struggle with determination,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.