Pro-reform MP quits Turkish opposition party before expulsion

A Turkish lawmaker, who announced to vote "Yes" for Turkish govt-sponsored reforms, has resigned from his opposition party as his expulsion from the party is imminent.

Pro-reform MP quits Turkish opposition party before expulsion

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish lawmaker, who announced to vote "Yes" for Turkish government-sponsored reforms, has resigned from his opposition party as his expulsion from the party is imminent.

The move comes as the main secularist opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is about to expel him and another member from the party for announcing that they would vote "yes" in the referendum on September 12.

More and more members of the political parties that are carrying out “no” campaigns against the reforms, are moving away from their parties' stance and revealing their wish to go ahead with a “yes” vote.

Troubled by this, parties have called on these members to either resign or have asked for them to be referred to the disciplinary board.

However, the CHP is the first party that launched a disciplinary process for a dissenting member.

The party referred Serif Memioglu, the mayor of Yedisu in Bingol province, to the party's disciplinary board because Memioglu voiced support for the reforms. The CHP called on another dissenting member, Ankara deputy Esref Erdem, to resign. When Erdem first ignored calls to resign from the CHP administration, he was also referred to the party's disciplinary board and are likely to be expelled.

Erdem had told an interview, "Democratic and right minded people should vote in favor of constitutional amendments".

Over Erdem's departure, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, that he is "sad" about the resign, adding "he should not have left."

After Erdem's resignation, the number of Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies dropped to 102 while the number of independent MPs rose to seven.

Recent distribution of seats at the parliament is as follows:

Justice & Development (AK) Party.......336
Republican People's Party (CHP)........102
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)........69
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).........20
Independent..............................7
Democratic Left Party (DSP)..............6
Democrat Party (DP)......................1
Turkey Party (TP)........................1
Vacant...................................8
Total..................................550

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