Kurdish Parties to Endorse Kilicdaroglu in Turkish Presidential Election Runoff
Istanbul, May 25 – On Thursday, the pro-Kurdish political parties announced their support for the opposition Turkish presidential candidate, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, in the second round of the elections, despite their dissatisfaction with a number of points in his agreement with the nationalist Zafer Party.
On Wednesday, the Turkish nationalist Zafer Party announced its support for opposition Turkish presidential candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the second round of elections, and as part of the agreement, the candidate pledges to expel all illegal immigrants and refugees from Turkey within a maximum period of one year.
One of the points of the joint protocol also stipulates that the parties intend to continue combating terrorism, including the PKK, and to refuse to appoint those proven to be linked to terrorists to public office.
Party leader Umit Ozdag has repeatedly criticized the “People’s Democracy Party”, which the Turkish authorities consider to be a political branch of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is recognized in Turkey.
“We will finish what we started and left halfway on May 14, and we will come to the polls to confront those who block change. There are no changes in our politics,” Ibrahim Akin, Chairman of the Green Left Party (YSP), said. at a press conference.
“Erdogan is not an option for us, and the only option for us is to change Erdogan and his government,” said Pervin Buldan, co-chair of the HDP. The Peoples’ Democratic Party participated in the parliamentary elections as an alliance with the Yemeni Socialist Party.
The former Turkish presidential candidate from the ATA Alliance, Sinan Ogan, announced today, Monday, his support for Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the second round of the presidential elections on May 28. In his speech, he stressed the importance of expelling several million illegal immigrants from Turkey and setting a deportation schedule, as well as continuing to fight all terrorist groups.
According to political analysts, a large number of HDP supporters voted for Kilicdaroglu in the first round. In most of the Kurdish-majority provinces, Kilicdaroglu won – for example, in the Defne district of Hatay province, he had the support of more than 90% of the electorate.
Atta’s coalition included Zafer’s party, but after the elections he announced the effective collapse of the alliance. The party noted that Ogan had made a statement on his own behalf. Zafer won 2% of the vote in the parliamentary elections and did not enter Parliament.
On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denied Kilicdaroglu’s claims about the presence of 10 million Syrian refugees in the country. According to him, there are about 5 million refugees in Türkiye today. He recalled preparing a road map for the return of refugees to Syria, and contacts with the Syrian leadership on this subject.
Erdogan won 49.52% of the vote in the first round of the presidential elections, and his opponent, a candidate from seven opposition parties, Kilicdaroglu, received 44.88%.
The second round of presidential elections is scheduled for May 28. To win, a candidate needs a simple majority of votes. Voting began on Saturday at Turkey’s foreign missions and at border checkpoints.
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