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Labor pains of the new HDP

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There seems to be an ongoing political struggle inside the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Rather than a fight over the party leadership, internal debates have mainly focused on long-term strategy issues. While the former Diyarbakır mayor and Şanlıurfa deputy Osman Baydemir represents the radical axis, Kars deputy and HDP’s spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen stands for renewal of the official party discourse.

On Dec. 15, speaking at a conference in Istanbul titled “Middle East: Searching for possibilities for peace and living together,” Bilgen conveyed his particular vision on Turkey’s role at home and abroad. In his speech, Bilgen broke with the classic HDP routine and openly criticized “petroleum politics,” foreign interventions in the Middle East and imperialist wars. Moreover, he said........

© Hürriyet Daily News