18th Republican People's Party Extraordinary Convention

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Republican People's Party leadership election, 2014
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Candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu Muharrem İnce
Constituency İstanbul Yalova
Delegate vote 740 415
Percentage 64.07% 35.93%

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Colours denote the supported candidate of the 81 provincial leaders of the CHP, by province

Şahmar Dalmış was a third candidate for the leadership from Kars. He failed to gain sufficient nominations from delegates in order to register himself for the election.

Leader before election

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Elected Leader

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The 18th Republican People's Party Extraordinary Convention (Turkish: 18. CHP Olağanüstü Kurultayı) took place on 5 and 6 September 2014 in order to elect a leader of the Republican People's Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi - CHP), a Turkish centre-left political party. Initially, an ordinary convention was due to be held in 2014, two years after the previous one in 2012. However, the party's incumbent leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu accepted calls for an extraordinary convention to be held following the loss of the CHP's presidential candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu in the presidential election held in August. The ordinary convention will thus be held in 2015 instead.[1]

The result was a victory for incumbent leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who was re-elected with 64.1% of the delegates' votes. He had initially been nominated for the leadership with the signatures of 944 delegates (84.2%). His rival Muharrem İnce congratulated Kılıçdaroğlu and conceded defeat.[2]


CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu announced that his party would support Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu's candidacy for the presidency, claiming further that he himself had thought of İhsanoğlu as an adequate candidate. Besides the controversy over İhsanoğlu's alleged lack of secular credentials, Kılıçdaroğlu drew criticism for not consulting MPs on his choice of candidate. When İhsanoğlu came a distant second with 38.44% of the vote in the presidential election, several MPs within the CHP voiced opposition to Kılıçdaroğlu's choice of candidate and called for an extraordinary convention to be held before the June 2015 general election.[3] Such MPs included Emine Ülker Tarhan, Muharrem İnce and Süheyl Batum, with İnce claiming that former CHP leader Deniz Baykal also supported his opposition to Kılıçdaroğlu.[4][5][6][7] Initially, Kılıçdaroğlu expressed regret for bringing the rebellious MPs into the party, accusing them of not helping in the presidential campaign and thus contributing to rival candidate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's victory in the first round.[8] Regardless, Kılıçdaroğlu and the CHP Youth Wing both accepted the notion to hold an extraordinary convention with a leadership election in September 2014, nullifying the need to obtain signatures before any convention can be proposed.[9]

The convention is expected to take 3 days, either between 9–11 September or 14–17 September.[10]

78 of 81 province heads of CHP except Yalova, Düzce and Isparta expressed their support to Kılıçdaroğlu.[11]


Confirmed candidates[edit]

Candidate Signatures Percentage Result
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu 944 84.21 Yes check.svg Nominated
Muharrem İnce 177 15.79 Yes check.svg Nominated
Şahmar Dalmış 0 0.00 X mark.svg Eliminated
1,121 100.0 2 candidates
Source: Sabah

Possible candidates[edit]

Declined candidates[edit]

Metin Feyzioğlu, who currently serves as the President of the Turkish Bars Association, stated that he would not be a candidate for the CHP leadership on 16 August.[17] Feyizoğlu had become famous for his opposition to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when the two publicly quarrelled at the State Council's 146th anniversary ceremony.[18] In late August 2014, Feyizoğlu stated that he did not regard the convention as democratic due to being held at such short notice and claimed that he would have been a candidate had the convention met "democratic standards".[19]

Opinion polls[edit]

Although normal CHP members or supporters could not vote, opinion polls were conducted to gauge voter's preferences before the convention.

Date Pollster Sample Kılıçdaroğlu İnce Others Lead
Sep 2014 Konsensus[20] 10,500 31 59 10 28
Aug 2014 ORC[21] 1,250 38.8 40.0 9.5 1.2
Date Pollster Sample Lead
Kılıçdaroğlu İnce Others


Party Candidate Votes %
CHP Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu 740 64.1
CHP Muharrem İnce 415 35.9
Invalid/blank votes 26
Total 1,181 100.0
Number of delegates/turnout 1,218 94.8


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  2. ^ http://t24.com.tr/haber/kemal-kilicdaroglu-yeniden-chp-genel-baskani-secildi,269907
  3. ^ "CHP'de seçimin ardından ilk çatlak: source=BBC Türkçe". BBC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Süheyl Batum'dan Kılıçdaroğlu'na çok ağır eleştiri: source=TGRT". TGRT. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Deniz Baykal: CHP'nin üzerindeki külleri üflemenizi istiyorum: source=Cumhuriyet". Cumhuriyet. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  6. ^ "CHP'li Emine Ülker Tarhan: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu istifa etmeli: source=Akşam". Akşam. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Chp'de "İnce" Çatlak Büyüyor: source=Tayfa Haber". Tayfa Haber. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu: CHP'nin Aleyhine Çalıştılar: source=Canlı Haber". Canlı Haber. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  9. ^ "CHP olağanüstü kurultaya gidiyor: source=CNN Türk". CNN Türk. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  10. ^ "İşte CHP Kurultayı'nın toplanacağı tarih: source=Gerçek Gündem". Gerçek Gündem. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^ "CHP İl Başkanlarından Kılıçdaroğlu'na destek". Milliyet (in Turkish). 19 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Sarıgül kurultayda safını ilan etti: source=İlk Kurşun". İlk Kurşun. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Kılıçdaroğlu açıkladı, CHP olağanüstü kurultaya gidiyor: source=Diken". Diken. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Muharrem İnce announces his candidacy for CHP leadership election: source=CHA". Cihan Haber Ajansı. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Şahmar Dalmış CHP Genel Başkanlığına adaylığını açıkladı: source=KHA". Kafkas Haber Ajansı. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  16. ^ "CHP'de Emine Ülker Tarhan 'aday değilim' dedi: source=Hürriyet Gündem". Hürriyet. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Feyzioğlu: CHP Genel Başkanlığı'na adaylığım yok: source=DHA". İMC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  18. ^ "TBB Başkanı Metin Feyzioğlu'ndan Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan'a cevap: source=Hürriyet". Hürriyet. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Metin Feyzioğlu: "CHP'de aday değilim": source=Hürriyet". Hürriyet. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  20. ^ "CHP Kurultay Sonrası Seçim Anketi". Secim Haberi. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  21. ^ "ORC'den Muharrem İnce ve Kılıçdaroğlu anketi". Cumhuriyet. Retrieved 14 February 2015.