Turkish opposition party to hold extraordinary congress for election of new leader

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

The opposition Republican People's Party of Turkey (CHP) will hold an extraordinary congress to elect a new leader, Turkish media reported July 30.

The congress will be held within the next 45 days.

Some 625 party members have voted for implementation of the extraordinary congress, the media reported.

A number of members of the CHP accused the party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu of unsuccessful policy after the parliamentary and presidential election held in Turkey on June 24, and demanded him to leave the position in favor of Muharrem Ince, whose candidacy was previously nominated for the post of president.

The early presidential and parliamentary election was held in Turkey on June 24. The current leader of the country Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the first round, winning 52.59 percent of the votes, his closest rival, the candidate of the Republican People's Party Muharrem Ince, won 30.64 percent of the votes.

The country has switched over from a parliamentary system of government to a presidential one since the inauguration, which took place on July 9. The head of the country will now independently appoint members of the cabinet of ministers and vice-presidents. The Parliament will retain exclusively legislative powers and the right to limited control over the activities of the government and the president.

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