CHP heads toward showdown in İstanbul

May 11, 2012, Friday/ 17:21:00

The Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) İstanbul branch will hold a provincial congress on Sunday, May 13, and the race to lead the İstanbul branch will see a major showdown between CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and his former right-hand man Gürsel Tekin.

The CHP headquarters in Ankara is supporting candidate Oğuz Kaan Salıcı, while Tekin, a former İstanbul branch head who is still believed to wield influence over the branch and possibly a potential rival to Kılıçdaroğlu’s leadership, supports Ali Özcan. However, insiders note that Salıcı is more likely to win. Kılıçdaroğlu is set to make a speech during the congress, but he will not be hinting at his support for either one of the candidates.

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