soL News talked with three former parliamentary main opposition CHP lawmakers who quitted their parties to join the fascist İyi ("Good") Party for securing the latter's participation in the upcoming snap polls.
15 CHP lawmakers were suddenly invited to Ankara and ordered to join İyi Party without any prior knowledge or approval of the MPs.
Tacettin Bayır, a CHP lawmaker who departed to İyi Party with other 14 MPs for the latter’s electoral participation, told soL News that they were not informed about their party transfer as CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu ordered them to join İyi Party. Erkan Aydın, the other former CHP MP, argued that the people don’t consider any ideological or political distinctions between the two parties.
Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the snap parliamentary and presidential polls on June 24, bringing forward the vote by more than a year. Parties with 20 or more deputies are recognised as groups in parliament and then automatically have the right to run candidates. After the Erdogan's announcement, 15 CHP lawmakers quit their party on April 22 and joined İyi Party and the electoral board has approved the participation of the İyi Party.
‘WE’VE ASSUMED THIS TASK FOR DEMOCRACY’
In an answer to how 15 lawmakers were selected, “As we were appointed by our party’s chairperson [Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu], we have assumed this task for democracy,” Ömer Fethi Gürer said, while Tacettin Bayır argued that they were not informed about the transfer.
Erkan Aydın, yet another CHP lawmaker transferred to İyi Party, said, “We 15 people may be selected by the chairperson, but all of us among the 130 CHP lawmakers would willingly accept this task,” adding that the appointed lawmakers are from such regions where the CHP-İyi Party alliance could be influential.
In response to whether they see any ideological and political distinction between CHP and İyi Party, Gürer argued that the CHP is the party of labour and the founding party of the Republic and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. “This election is a fate for Turkey,” he said, referring to the alliance between Atatürk’s party and a fascist party.
‘NOBODY CONSIDERS POLITICAL-IDEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN PARTIES’
“It would be unfair to the incident just as a party change of these figures. We have not changed the party. These 15 friends have become a shield against the trap for democracy and the homeland,” Bayır said. “Nobody considers political, ideological distinctions between the two parties, everyone is aware of this movement so as to open the way for democracy and the homeland,” Erkan Aydın said.
In answer to whether they would return their parties, Gürer implied that he would return because he is a “social-democrat”, while Bayır and Aydın also said that they would return the CHP party in the future.
“I’m coming from a party culture. I worked for the youth branch of the party, I worked for the DİSK [Turkey’s left-wing workers’ trade union]. I would make a sacrifice for my party,” Gürer said. Bayır noted, “I’m a CHP member. I would die as a CHP member. We moved to İyi Party for the sake of democracy.”
In response to a question whether this alliance is more advantageous for İyi Party, Gürer said, “You know that the CHP paved the way for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the time,” adding that they are acting for democracy against Erdoğan’s plan to not allow İyi Party to participate elections.
“İyi Party would not get more votes from CHP, but from AKP. We have ruined a conspiracy,” Bayır said, while Aydın argued that the CHP’s electoral base would vote for CHP party again. All the three CHP lawmakers stated that they departed from CHP to İyi Party with their party leader’s decision for “democracy” and elections on June 24.
Turkey's top election authority has ruled the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) will not be allowed to run in June 24 snap elections. The board has also not approved the participation of the leftist ÖDP and EMEP.
The board announced that ruling AKP and its ally fascist MHP, parliamentary main opposition CHP, İyi Party, pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), right-wing Independent Turkey Party (BTP), Islamist, ultra-nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), right-wing Democrat Party (DP), ultra-nationalist Vatan Party (VP) and Islamist Felicity Party (SP) will be eligible to take part in the upcoming election.