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The truth about Kurdish politics

17 9 6

I was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır last week with a group of journalists upon the invitation of the Islamic conservative Felicity Party (SP). It was a great chance to observe the mood there ahead of the forthcoming elections. Diyarbakır is a stronghold of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Kurdish politics in general, so the election talks were mostly about the HDP and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has long been alienated from the region as they’ve been upholding secular nationalism for a long time, and right-wing nationalist parties, naturally, have no support there. For a chance, this time the SP has some strong candidates who have been conservative local power contenders for some time. Besides, the Kurdish Report, which is launched in Diyarbakır, is quite hopeful of their standards.

The ruling party’s supporters and sympathizers there seem to be........

© Hürriyet Daily News