Mu­nic­i­pal can­di­date nom­i­na­tion process in CHP to be com­pleted this week

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) is ex­pected to con­clude de­ter­min­ing can­di­dates for the lo­cal elec­tions sched­uled for March 31 af­ter the party cau­cus meet­ing planned for Jan. 16.

The party cau­cus has gath­ered five times un­der Chair­man Ke­mal Kılıç­daroğlu to de­ter­mine can­di­dates who will com­pete in the up­com­ing lo­cal elec­tions so far. The one on Jan. 16 will be the sixth meet­ing of the party cau­cus, ac­cord­ing to the Anadolu Agency (AA).

As a re­sult of the first five meet­ings, the CHP re­vealed its may­oral can­di­dates for 15 metropoli­tan cities, 28 prov­inces, 437 districts and 150 towns, in­clud­ing a to­tal of 630 may­oral can­di­dates. Af­ter the next week’s meet­ing, the party will also an­nounce its may­oral can­di­dates for the re­main­ing prov­inces and districts. In line with the co­op­er­a­tion of the right-wing Good Party (İP), the CHP pre­vi­ously an­nounced joint may­oral can­di­dates for the cap­i­tal Ankara, Turkey’s cul­tural and com­mer­cial cen­ter Is­tan­bul, the south­ern hol­i­day re­sort prov­ince of An­talya and the Adana mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

They did not an­nounce the may­oral can­di­date of the CHP strong­hold and Turkey’s third-most-pop­u­lous prov­ince, İzmir. The can­di­date is ex­pected to be an­nounced in the next party cau­cus meet­ing.

The names of CHP İzmir deputy Tun­cay Özkan, Ab­dül Batur, Nar­lıdere district mayor since 1999, and Kamil Okyay Sındır, the CHP’s İzmir deputy, come to the front for a may­oral can­di­date in the CHP strong­hold.

So far, the CHP nom­i­nated for­mer mayor of Ankara’s Beyz­parı district, Mansur Yavaş, for Ankara, and mayor of Is­tan­bul’s Bey­likdüzü district, Ekrem İmamoğlu, for Is­tan­bul mu­nic­i­pal­ity. As a part of the al­liance strat­egy, the party has with­drawn its Balıke­sir can­di­date, Ah­met Akın, from his post with a joint res­o­lu­tion taken in party cau­cus meet­ing.

How­ever, the party ad­min­is­tra­tions of the CHP and İP in cer­tain districts protested the par­ties’ de­ci­sion to back the can­di­date of the other party in the lo­cal elec­tions.

Amid the dis­putes, the two par­ties met in late De­cem­ber to dis­cuss pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion strate­gies in the re­main­ing prov­ince and district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Re­port­edly, the CHP and İP will co­op­er­ate in 16 more provin­cial mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in ad­di­tion to 21 metropoli­tan mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The fi­nal state of the al­liance is ex­pected to be shared with the pub­lic in the com­ing days.

It is also ex­pected for the CHP to an­nounce sev­eral other names at the end of the month, if the party does fail to com­plete the de­ter­mi­na­tion of its may­oral can­di­dates.


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