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Sezer's favorite to lead new left-wing party

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    Sezer's favorite to lead new left-wing party

    The New Anatolian / Ankara with wires

    Daily Milliyet reported yesterday that the leadership of a party that labor unions are planning to found in October will be assumed by academic Burhan Senatalar, who's currently serving on the Board of Higher Education (YOK).

    Left-wing labor unions formally announced yesterday that they will found a political party in October, which is expected to become a rival to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

    The leadership of the party, which is to be founded by a left-wing movement spearheaded by the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers' Unions (DISK), will be assumed by academic Senatalar, according to reports.

    Senatalar is working at Bilgi University and was appointed to YOK by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, despite his well-known opposition to the body.

    The movement held a large meeting at Ankara's Dedeman Hotel last Friday to lay the groundwork for the formation of their new political party.

    Political commentators say that the movement is expected to offer an alternative to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), which recently decided to open up to the right-wing in an attempt to challenge the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. The movement also signaled that they will exclude political parties that are currently seeking a left-right alliance.

    Senatalar, who is now serving as the movement's spokesperson, is known for his academic studies on public administration, tax policies, social states and health economy.

    Underlining that a new alternative to right-wing politics must be created by the left-wing and that political culture needs to undergo a fundamental change, the movement entitled "The Dec. 10 Movement" (named for International Human Rights Day), has held 14 meetings so far in various cities.

    Speaking to the press yesterday, former DISK head Ridvan Budak said that the party won't only be known for their leader, but for all of its members. He added that those who refrain from declaring their assets shouldn't rule the country.

    Explaining that women and young people will be active party members, Budak said, "We will develop a new rhetoric and approach to embrace all the people of Turkey. We will be organized by September and will have prepared our bylaws and party program."

    Claiming that proposals by CHP leader Deniz Baykal, Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer and Social Democrat People's Party (SHP) leader Murat Karayalcin to establish a left-wing alliance are insincere, Budak called these proposals investments in the elections.