Erdogan's rival reelected as head of Turkish opposition party

Erdogan's rival Kilicdarolgu reelected as head of Turkish opposition party
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04 February, 2018
President Erdogan's main political rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu has been reelected chairman of Turkey's Republican People's Party in a decisive victory.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu at his party's annual congress in Ankara [Getty]

Kemal Kilicdaroglu was reelected chairman of Turkey's main opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP) on Saturday.

Kilicdaroglu has been leading the social democratic party since May 2010.

Kilicdaroglu received 790 out of 1,237 votes at the party congress in Ankara. The incumbent leader's main opponent - Muharrem Ince, a lawmaker from northwestern Yalova province - secured 447 votes, it was reported by Anadolu agency.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan sent Kilicdaroglu a telegram on Saturday congratulating him on his victory, according to a statement issued by the presidency.

Erdogan recently attempted to sue his political opponent hundreds and thousands of dollars worth in damages over "slanderous" comments about him and his family.

Kilicdaroglu also made headlines last year when he partook in a 450-kilometre "march for justice" from Ankara to Istanbul, in a show of protest over the jailing of one of his party's lawmakers for allegedly leaking classified information to a newspaper.

General elections are expected to be held in Turkey in November 2019.

The recent referendum staged and won by President Erdogan over the expansion of presidential powers suscited widespread accusations the vote was rigged, sparking protests in Istanbul.