What is new in the ‘new CHP’?

February 28, 2012, Tuesday/ 17:33:00/ CAN DÜNDAR

I recently spoke with Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in his office. He seemed at ease and full of self-confidence. He seemed like the owner of the office rather than its temporary user. This impression caused me to ask, “Now do you feel being the ultimate leader of the party?”

He replied, “I always thought problems will be solved in time, and time proved me right, luckily.” Then I asked what is new about the new CHP. “A new CHP, for which a charter will mostly be rewritten, will have more female members, be more open to the rest of the world and put more emphasis on human rights, freedoms and democracy,” he said. And the comment Kılıçdaroğlu repeated the most is that the new CHP will be a truly social democratic party, which means that he admits it was not so after all. I saw this realization as the greatest development and, frankly, it is hard to expect more developments for now.