CHP resignee says will continue to serve party

May 04, 2012, Friday/ 13:41:00

Gürsel Tekin, the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) second-in-command who resigned on Thursday, has said he will continue to serve the party.

“I will continue to renew myself in politics, serve the CHP and take to the road with the strength of spring,” he tweeted on Friday. He also told his followers that he is open to all helpful opinions in this process, although he may not respond to each comment.

In a surprise move, Tekin handed in his resignation from his position as CHP deputy chairman and his post on the party's Central Executive Board (MYK) on Thursday. His resignation was accepted by the party's leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

According to reports, what lies behind Tekin's decision to resign may be a rift between him and the party administration over the new chairman to be elected to the party's İstanbul branch.

Tekin was appointed deputy chairman after a lengthy struggle and much infighting between Kılıçdaroğlu and the supporters of the Deniz Baykal and Önder Sav camps.

Previously, he was the chairman of the CHP's İstanbul provincial branch, a highly important position as the İstanbul branch has the greatest influence within the party. In June of last year, he had to step down as provincial chairman and was replaced by Berhan Şimşek, who also resigned from the post in January of this year.