The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to a Westminster Debate on ‘Global Democracy and Turkey-EU Relations’. Our keynote speaker will be renowned politician Mr Mustafa Sarigul.
Mustafa Sarigul, who was the Mayor of Sisli district of Istanbul between 1999 and 2014, is a politician, writer and entrepreneur. Sarigul has been the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) candidate for the Istanbul’s mayoralty in March 2014 Local Elections in Turkey. Sarigul became a Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP) Member of Parliament for Istanbul in 1987. He was a member of Democratic Left Party (DSP) under the leadership of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit between 1999 and 2002. Following to 2002 elections he joined the New Turkey Party (YTP) and joined the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in 2003. Due to internal rivalry with the then CHP leader Deniz Baykal, Sarigul had to leave the CHP in 2005 and he founded a new political movement called Turkey’s Change Movement in 2009. However, he has cooperated with the CHP after Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu became the party leader. He published two books ‘TBMM’de Bir Milletvekili’ and ‘İstanbul’da Direksiyon Sallamak’.
Turkey has been going through consecutive tumultuous periods since the summer of 2013 and political battles seem to be never-ending. Having organised several events on the current developments in Turkey since 2011, CEFTUS is pleased to have become a platform for views of all sides and all parties.
This CEFTUS Westminster Debate is kindly hosted by Keith Vaz Labour MP for Leicester East.
The event will take place on Wednesday 4 June, between 7PM and 8.30PM in Committee Room 11, the House of Commons. Please note that security checks are required to enter the House of Commons, so we kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30PM, allowing the event to start and end promptly on time.
The speaker will speak in Turkish. However, translation will be delivered during the speech and Q&A.
We look forward to welcoming you at this CEFTUS Westminster Debate.
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