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Seventy-seven Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) provincial heads gathered on Thursday at a meeting organized by the partyand’s Ankara provincial branch to announce their opposition to a proposal for an extraordinary party congress.
Speaking on behalf of all 77 provincial heads, CHP Ankara provincial head Adnan Keskin said the party administration must adhere to the normal calendar for the party congress, which is planned to be held in January 2016. Keskin underlined that it is necessary to proceed with the normal calendar in order to complete the district congresses and provincial congresses that are planned to be held from Nov. 20 to Dec. 6 and from Dec. 10 to Jan. 3, respectively.
CHPs izmir deputy Mustafa Balbay, Yalova deputy Muharrem ince and former Istanbul deputy Umut Oran have recently announced their candidacy for the chairmanship of the CHP, all calling for an extraordinary party congress to elect a new leader following the partyand’s failure in the Nov. 1 election. Only four provincial heads out of 81 supported the call for an extraordinary party congress.
In the Nov. 1 snap election, the party only slightly increased its number of votes despite expectations of receiving up to 30 percent of the vote, leaving it highly disappointed. The CHP received 25.3 percent of the vote in the Nov. 1 election, up from 24.9 percent in the June 7 election. The party, which won 132 seats in Parliament in June, will now be represented by 134 deputies.
The election resulted in a large disappointment for the main opposition party. Current CHP Chairman Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu said in a press statement late on election night that the result put even more responsibility on the partyand’s shoulders.
In a previous congress in September of last year, ince unsuccessfully ran against Kiliandcdaroilu for party chairmanship, though garnering many more votes than expected. ince received a surprising 415 votes for party chair, while prior to the congress he was nominated as a candidate with only 177 delegates.


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