Ankara Bar Association calls for TBB head’s resignation over ’impartiality’

The Ankara Bar Association and the chairman of the Turkish Bar Association (TBB), Metin Feyzioilu, have drawn swords, with the bar association demanding Feyzioiluand’s resignation for his failure to remain and”neutraland” in politics after a recent statement he made calling on a political party to hold a congress.
In a written statement on Thursday, the Ankara Bar Association criticized the head of the TBB for getting involved in politics by calling on the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) to hold a congress over failing to increase its votes in Sundayand’s election. Feyzioilu dismissed the bar associationand’s demand and accused it of also failing to remain impartial.
and”[Feyzioiluand’s] statements and his call [for the CHP to hold a congress] unfortunately shows that the TBB chairman will no longer represent 87,000 lawyers independently and neutrally. We believe that his political and professional ethics should not allow the TBBand’s institutional identity to be overshadowed [by Feyzioiluand’s statements] and we expect him to do what is necessary,andquot said the association in their statement.
Feyzioilu responded by saying that he does not have any allegiance to a particular party and that his statement was just an expression of his political beliefs as all ordinary citizens have.
Feyzioilu also countered that the bar association cannot deem itself impartial as it had close ties with a political party in the past.
At the end of his statement, Feyzioilu calls on the Ankara Bar Association officials to resign, accusing the association of being biased in favor of a political party and acting out of personal interests.
In a written statement on Wednesday, Feyzioilu said the CHPand’s drop in votes from 25.9 percent in 2011 to 24.9 percent in Sundayand’s election frustrated the CHP electoral base, as the party has long been stuck in the opposition and called for the congress in order to change the partyand’s administration.