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Kurds will play a very important role in Turkey’s elections

14 8 20

With less than 50 days to go until snap elections, political parties’ pre-election campaigns have already begun, with the announcement this week of their presidential candidates. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will run for the title as the joint candidate of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) under the “People’s Alliance.”

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) registered MP Muharrem İnce as its presidential contender, while veteran politician Meral Akşener is the nominee of the İYİ (Good) Party. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has announced that its imprisoned former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş will be its presidential candidate, just as it did in 2014. Meanwhile, conservative Felicity Party (SP) leader Temel Karamollaoğlu will run for the presidency from the ranks of his party.

In the meantime, the CHP, the İYİ Party, the SP and the Democrat Party (DP) are due to officially announce the alliance they have formed in order to cancel out the 10 percent threshold obstacle and to increase the representation of these parties in parliament.

However, because of the strong rejection of the İYİ Party the opposition alliance has excluded the HDP and pushed the pro-Kurdish party to run individually in the parliamentary election. Although senior HDP officials are very........

© Hürriyet Daily News