‘Witch hunt’ begins among CHP opposition groups

February 29, 2012, Wednesday/ 15:54:00/ HÜSEYİN KELEŞ

In the wake of Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's successful solidification of power during this week's two party congress, the party's internal opposition groups have begun a “witch hunt” to determine which delegates defected to the chairman's camp.

The CHP's intra-party opposition, divided into supporters of former Chairman Deniz Baykal and party magnate Önder Sav, had both planned to boycott the two party congresses over allegations that the agenda of the meetings were being manipulated by Kılıçdaroğlu to silence dissent in party ranks. Now, however, sources from within both intra-party opposition camps say that many delegates from Baykal and Sav's groups indeed attended the rally, a development that has led to a “witch hunt” for disloyal opposition members. Figures within Sav's camp told Today's Zaman that Sav and Baykal are presently attempting to determine who the disloyal members are and punish them. According to rumors within the party, if delegates from within Sav's camp in İzmir and Ankara had boycotted the meeting as promised, Kılıçdaroğlu may not have attained the minimum quorum required to convene a party congress.

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