Why the Turkish opposition CHP’s no is critical


The main opposition of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) to an extension bill the government’s mandate to conduct military operations in Syria and Iraq was not a change of mind or an ordinary surprise. The CHP bowed to pressure from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which said the vote was “the first litmus test” for a new venture. Thus, the party, which in the past supported similar bills “for the safety of our troops”, reversed its position. Thus, the CHP’s opposition to military operations in Syria and Iraq brought its “perception of national security and threats” closer to that of the HDP.

Ironically, the main opposition party, which boldly asserts that “a nation’s border is its honor” when it comes to migrants, has had no problem claiming that the terrorist organization PKK and its affiliate Syrian YPG is not a threat. For the record, the CHP went beyond its previous assertion that “the YPG does not threaten us” and its call for the military not to enter the urban center of Afrin. There is no longer any double talk from this movement regarding aspects of Turkey’s counterterrorism program that concern the PKK and the YPG. He took a firm stand alongside the HDP and against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Good Party (IP) in the face of threats from Syria and the United States. Iraq.

The CHP HDP agenda

Neither the CHP’s list of 14 questions nor its chairman’s verbal attacks are enough to mask this major policy change. The main opposition party, which tried to break the isolation of the HDP by saying it was a “legitimate counterpart” in attempts to resolve the Kurdish question, took this relationship to the next level by adopting a common policy .

It would hardly be surprising if this policy change either boosts the HDP’s self-confidence or encourages this movement to make extreme demands or statements. This movement, which already speaks of “coming to power”, could make more daring proposals to shape the second century of the republic. PI, too, is likely to be pressured by CHP, directly, and HDP, indirectly. It is no secret that the mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem ImamoÄŸlu, for whom the PI’s Meral AkÅŸener has campaigned, has made a few statements that might appeal to the HDP base. Note that the opposition of the CHP to military operations in Syria and Iraq also prompted the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) to “abstain”.

In addition, the PI faces an uphill battle in the “national survival” debate, which takes place before every election on military operations to neutralize the PKK / YPG threat. After all, it will increasingly appear that the CHP shares the same views as the HDP regarding “national survival”. The president of the MHP, Devlet Bahçeli, already spoke about it yesterday: “These politicians, who oppose the counterterrorism measures and open our“ national survival ”to the discussion, represent the antithesis of the Republic and a threat to our love of the freedom. Sadly, those people who plundered Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s legacy are now aligned with Turkey’s enemies.

Reflection on CHP voters

One cannot help but wonder what the CHP’s new position might end up legitimizing. Is it possible for CHP and IP voters to assimilate the following statements by HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan that were part of his speech in Parliament? “The north and east of Syria represent a ‘corridor of peace’ between peoples. It is a corridor of stability and democracy. No attack emanates from there, but the hand of peace. Considering that YPG terrorists carried out dozens of car bombs in Turkish-controlled security zones, will CHP voters buy into this nonsense? Since the government and the entire opposition, including the CHP, viewed the YPG’s presence in northern Syria as a “terrorist corridor”, will the CHP base be on board the so-called? HDP peace corridor? Will they support the pan-Kurdish agenda of the HDP, which speaks of the “peoples of Turkey” and the “peoples of Syria”? How will the main opposition party, which openly works with the HDP on national security policy, respond to the demand for so-called autonomy in the eastern and south-eastern provinces of Turkey? What will intellectual property supporters think of this alignment?

As Turkey prepares to launch a new military operation against YPG militants in northern Syria, the CHP leadership will struggle to explain why it opposed the authorization bill. This would hardly be surprising for Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of CHP adopt a more aggressive tone to counter growing criticism of its cooperation with the HDP.


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