Leader of Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has invited Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigul to join the party to boost its chances of winning İstanbul municipal race.
Sarigul, whose name has been mentioned in connection to the Istanbul mayoral post for years, was expelled from the party in the past. To run on behalf of the CHP, Sarigul first needs to become a member, which requires the removal of the disciplinary action that led to his expulsion from the party for defying then-party leader Deniz Baykal.
Sarigul earlier signaled his possible candidacy but has yet to officially announce that he will run for the Istanbul mayorship. Observers believe that Sarigul's candidacy will make it harder for the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to be re-elected but the AK Party officials dismissed claims that the ruling party could lose to Sarigul.
CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said during a breakfast on Saturday that they represent a political entity that doesn’t have a luxury of division, inviting Sarigul and Turkey Change Movement (TDH) that he founded.
Turkish Aksam daily reported last week that Sarigul will not file a formal membership request with the CHP, and expects Kilicdaroglu and the party administration to ask him to rejoin.
CihanLast Mod: 26 Ekim 2013, 16:13