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Former CHP chairman Baykal cancels event in Germany

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The former chairman of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, on Saturday cancelled a panel discussion to be held in Germany about an upcoming referendum in Turkey.

A spokesperson for the CHP in Germany, Hayri Çiçekdağı, said Baykal was concerned about the abuse of his meeting in Germany since the planned programs of two Turkish ministers had been cancelled amid strained relations between the two countries.

Çiçekdağı expressed discomfort with the German decision to cancel meetings planned to be held by ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials.

Germany cancelled programs to be hosted by Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi last week.

Several AKP ministers had organized events to campaign for the April 16 referendum in Germany as there are nearly 1.5 million Turkish citizens who are eligible to vote in Germany.

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