Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu runs for Turkey’s CHP leadership

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu runs for Turkey’s CHP leadership
# 17 May 2010 11:00 (UTC +04:00)
He will nominate his candidacy at the CHP congress on May 22-23, APA reports.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was born on 17 December 1948 in Nazimiye, Tunceli. He graduated from Ankara Economics and Commerce Academy. He took top offices at the Turkey’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and retired in 1999. He was nominated by the CHP at the parliamentary elections in 2002 and 2007 and elected as a member of the parliament from Istanbul. He is known with his corruption accusations against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). He was nominated for mayor of Istanbul in the 2009 local elections, in which he gained 36.8% of all votes and defeated by AKP’s nominee Kadir Topbas (44%). Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is father of three. He is Sufi-Muslim known as Alevi. He is fluent in French.

CHP leader Deniz Baykal resigned on May 10 from the party’s leadership and said he would continue as a politician, but he didn’t intend to return to CHP leadership. Baykal is expected to be named as CHP honorable chairman at the party’s congress.
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