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Former main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Sinan Yerlikaya joined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinning an AK Party badge on him.
Yerlikaya was a senior member of the CHP administration when former CHP chairman Deniz Baykal was leading the party. Recently, Yerlikaya criticized the CHP for not creating solutions to the country's problems due to intra-party conflicts.
Yerlikaya, who was formerly a CHP deputy from Tunceli province, said there are currently two CHP deputies from Tunceli -- Kamer Genç and Hüseyin Aygun -- and neither of them is doing anything for the people of Turkey.
The former CHP deputy accused Genç of “wandering around and doing nothing” and said Aygün caused a major intra-party conflict after claiming that Greeks were subjected to ethnic cleansing in the coastal Aegean region during the Turkish War of Independence in the 1920s.
Yerlikaya recently told press that he spoke to Prime Minister Erdoğan about joining the AK Party and reportedly Erdoğan responded positively, saying, “I would be pleased with you joining our party and we would do anything to serve the people of Tunceli.”Last Mod: 19 Şubat 2013, 14:25