HDP plans comprehensive evaluation and renewal after elections

HDP plans comprehensive evaluation and renewal after elections
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Preparations are underway for the restructuring process in the HDP, Spokesperson Ebru Gunay said in a press conference. She also responded to criticism by HDP’s former Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey will hold meetings with the provincial and district organizations to assess the parliamentary election results without resorting to any excuses or justifications and will address the shortcomings and inadequacies through consultations with the party base.

HDP Spokesperson Ebru Gunay on Thursday held a press conference regarding the restructuring process and the work schedule of their party, emphasizing that they will organize meetings and public gatherings for political, organizational, and ideological renewal.

Gunay stated that they initiated the evaluation process right after the elections with all the party components and with other allied parties.

Gunay informed that the parliamentary groups will hold their first closed meetings today, and the Central Executive Board will meet on Friday. She also stated that the women's councils, party councils, and provincial co-chairpersons' meetings will be held next week.

"We will discuss the process in all its aspects. Our two main goals are to address the shortcomings and inadequacies that occurred before the election period, to learn from our mistakes through criticism and self-criticism mechanisms. The second goal is to fulfill the requirements of a comprehensive evaluation without resorting to any excuses or justifications and renew ourselves in terms of policies and organizational structure. We had postponed the process of our congress but now we have already resumed preparations."

Günay emphasized that they will complete the organizational accountability period without giving in to any perception operations:

"We will evaluate it with our people to achieve political, organizational, and ideological renewal. Criticism and self-criticism will be carried out based on institutional responsibility. This period cannot be addressed or overcome with individual decisions or initiatives. It cannot be overcome with existing inadequacy. Our call to all party members is as follows: to go through a genuine and reparative process of criticism and self-criticism, carrying the will that we brought to politics, to meet again with high morale and march towards the grand congress."

Gunay also responded the journalists asking about the criticism by HDP’s former Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas in an interview with arti gercek’s İrfan Aktan published on Thursday:

"Demirtas's interview actually provided many necessary answers to this subject and the speculative discourse around it. Of course, he was our former co-chair, and while we conducted debates and carried out work with the actors who are politically active within the HDP and are currently imprisoned, we also had a discussion with him in all party boards. He conducted all the party and election strategies through these boards and discussions with relevant people.”

Gunay also responded Demirtas’ revelation that he wanted to run for presidency but was blocked by the party headquarters:

“His candidacy for the presidency was not evaluated by our boards due to his legal situation, and in the consultations we had with him regarding this issue, he proposed continuing with a female presidential candidate. The criticisms he directed at us as an HDP member and his self-critical stance are valuable to us. Our relevant discussions and debates are still ongoing."