March 28, 2023

Professional-Kurdish occasion chief Sancar says the HDP may again the opposition presidential candidate in the event that they agreed on ‘basic ideas’.

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Folks’s Democratic Celebration (HDP) might help principal opposition chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu on this yr’s presidential election after “clear, open talks”.

“Our clear expectation is a transition to a robust democracy. If we are able to agree on basic ideas, we might help him in presidential elections,” occasion co-leader Mithat Sancar stated on Monday.

Social democrat Republican Folks’s Celebration (CHP) chief Kilicdaroglu emerged on Monday as the principle challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan forward of the elections, anticipated to happen on Could 14, after a six-party alliance picked him as its candidate.

Kilicdaroglu, 74, head of the nation’s second-biggest occasion after Erdogan’s Justice and Growth Celebration (AK Celebration), goals to take away the president from his seat after a two-decade reign.

The HDP, Turkey’s third-largest occasion with 11.7 % of the votes within the 2018 elections, just isn’t a part of the alliance.

Nonetheless, in 2019, its primarily Kurdish supporters helped the alliance – of which it was half then – win mayoral elections in Istanbul, Ankara and different cities.

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP)
Kilicdaroglu heads the nation’s second-biggest occasion, the CHP [Alp Eren Kaya/Republican People’s Party/Handout via Reuters]

Sancar had referred to as on the opposition to unite on Saturday, a day after the alliance splintered over who ought to run for president earlier than reaching a consensus on Monday.

Polls recommend that Kilicdaroglu’s Nation Alliance will want HDP voters’ backing to unseat Erdogan and win a majority in parliament in opposition to his AK Celebration and its ultranationalist ally, the Nationalist Actions Celebration (MHP).

For years, the HDP has confronted an AK Celebration authorities crackdown and doable ban over alleged ties to the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK), an armed Kurdish group, which it denies.

In January, its financial institution accounts have been frozen by a court docket, slicing its monetary lifeline forward of the upcoming election.

The PKK, designated a “terrorist group” by Ankara and its NATO allies, has fought the Turkish state in primarily Kurdish southeast Turkey since 1984 during which greater than 40,000 folks have been killed.

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