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Spying on an opposition party during election campaigns?

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13.06.2018

In a surprising move ahead of the Turkish elections on June 24, the presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Muharrem İnce, had a rally in the dominantly Kurdish-populated southeastern city of Diyarbakır on June 11. For decades, the CHP failed to attract crowds and votes from the southeast because of its centrist position regarding the Kurdish issue, whereas President Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) has managed to gain half of the overall votes against the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in elections.

The CHP was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, also the founder of the Turkish Republic, and has been supporting a unitary state approach in terms of acknowledging individual rights. The AK Parti had at least two attempts to find a solution through proxy talks with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the HDP. For this reason, the CHP has not been popular among nationalist or religiously conservative Kurdish voters for many years. But this time İnce has managed to address a remarkable crowd and delivered three important messages. He said:

1- “Let’s name it properly: This is the ‘Kurdish issue’ and the place to solve it is not behind closed doors but........

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