The decisive Kurdish vote in the Turkish elections

Its potential illegitimacy made them bet that a new brand would go to the polls and they would do so under the umbrella of the Green Party of the left.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the presidential candidate of Turkey’s main opposition coalition, flanked by his wife Sylvi Kilicdaroglu. Reuters

Michael Estran

“In this historic election, we call on the Turkish people to vote for it Kemal Kilicdaroglu In the presidential elections,” this was the message that the HDP sent midweek to its people. The leader of the Kurdish formation, Selahattin Demirtas, who has been imprisoned since 2016, described the elections as “decisive” and his people are confident that Kilicdaroglu’s victory will facilitate his release from prison. The visit of the leader of the opposition coalition to the Kurdish city of Van, where he had previously had little support, showed that the HDP supporters took their party’s appeal seriously, and thus welcomed it warmly.

This formation, which suffered during the election campaign from the arrest of more than a hundred people from its inner circle, is the third political force in the country and received more than 10 percent of the vote in the last elections. Its possible ban made the Kurds choose a new brand to go to the polls and they will do so under the umbrella of the Green Left Party.

After learning of the Kurds’ decision, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Kilicdaroglu and said that he would not allow Turkey to be led by “a person sent by Qandil,” referring to the mountain in Iraq, which is the main haven for the party’s militia. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Three decades of internal conflict and more than 40,000 deaths after the conflict with the Kurds is a wound that is difficult to heal.

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The Kurds are divided between Turkey (from 15 to 20 million), Syria (1.5 million), Iran (from 5 to 6 million) and Iraq (about 4 million), and their representatives consider themselves “the largest stateless people in Iraq.” A world.” In Turkey, they are now betting on change and supporting Kilicdaroglu in the hope that things will improve for society.

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