HDP leader hints Turkey likely to have snap election within 18 months

The co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) says the country is most likely to have a snap general election within the next one and a half years.

“It’s time for Turkey’s opposition [parties] to call for a snap election. They need to start working on it. There’s a problem with the current [political] system [in Turkey]. The disengagement between people and political power underlines the need for a snap election,” the Sezai Temelli told Ozgur Paksoy and Omer Celik from the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency (MA) regarding the latest developments in Turkey on Monday.

The HDP announced a 12-article declaration to the public during a press conference held by its co-chairs last month, calling for a snap general election “to stop one man’s rule together.”

“Building a democracy, protecting our achievements, and gaining new ones is only possible through the collective struggle of democratic forces. … We can grow our resistance through all-out democratic struggle and civil disobedience,” the pro-Kurdish party emphasized in the declaration.

In 2017 Turkish people narrowly voted in favor of the presidential system bestowing on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers, a move that was criticized by many for placing the country under a de facto one-man rule.

Temelli added that a snap election is most likely to take place in the country within one and a half years at the latest, “judging from the developments of the past year.”

As part of a crackdown by the ruling AK Party (AKP) government on the Kurdish political movement in Turkey, more than 20 HDP mayors have been dismissed from their posts over terror-related charges after being democratically elected on March 31 local polls.

Although the HDP denies it, the government accuses the pro-Kurdish party of having connections and acting in the interest of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist organization by the Turkish state.

The PKK, an armed group of Kurdish militants in Turkey, has waged a separatist insurgency in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeast for more than three decades.

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