Possible ban on pro-Kurdish Turkish party ahead of elections

Turkey’s Constitutional Court yesterday rejected a request by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to postpone a decision on a possible ban on pro-Kurdish training for “terrorism” until after the presidential and parliamentary elections. The ban could prevent a third political party in parliament from running under its current name in elections scheduled for May 14. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the HDP of ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that Ankara and its Western allies describe as “terrorist”. The prosecutor in charge of the March 2021 case stated that the HDP “acts almost like a draft office” for the PKK. According to a party spokesman, the party denies this and is expected to present an oral defense at the Constitutional Court on March 14. A two-thirds majority of the 15 members of the court is needed to shut down the main pro-Kurdish party. In early January, the Turkish Constitutional Court, by an eight-to-seven vote, had already ruled to suspend state aid to the HDP.

Source: L Orient Le Jour

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