Turkey's pro-Kurdish party unites with leftists for elections

Pro-Kurdish HDP seeks to be umbrella group for Turkish left ahead of June 7 general elections

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party unites with leftists for elections
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Turkey's pro-Kurdish party HDP and the leftist Labor Party announced their decision to join forces ahead of the June 7 general elections in Turkey, according to a statement released on Sunday.

The Peoples' Democracy Party, or HDP, is seeking alliances with minor leftist parties to increase its share of the vote in order to overcome the 10 percent election threshold.

"We will enter this election in an alliance… in accordance with the common struggle we have pursued until today," the statement, signed by both party leaders, said.

HDP's co-chairman, Selahattin Demirtas, earlier urged all leftist parties to show their stance against the ruling AK Party government at the "most critical" election in the history of Turkey. 

The Labor Party, or EMEP, is currently not represented in parliament, having won less than 0.1 percent of the popular vote. 

Demirtas, who was the HDP candidate for Turkish presidency in the August 2014 election, won nine percent of the vote, losing against Erdogan, who won with nearly 52 percent of the vote.

 

Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2015, 17:25
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