“A final finding of the June 24 elections in Turkey is that neither Turkey’s eastern votes nor its Kurdish votes act as a bloc but intra-eastern and intra-Kurdish differences prevail in the country.”
The June 24 elections have illustrated that the popularity of the HDP in comparison to the AK Party has decreased in Eastern Turkey.
Many would bet for a victory for Erdogan but with a divided parliament, which will make politics quite hot for the following months in terms of the relations between the executive and legislative branches.
During his speech that was televised on state TV, why did Selahattin Demirtas reference individuals who started armed campaigns against the state?
“Only after such a tri-partite cooperation of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, can the PKK finally be cleaned off from Qandil.”
Huda-Par has signaled to the conservative Kurdish voters that Erdogan is still the closest candidate to them. How this message will be received will determine the winner of Turkey’s Kurdish votes, and perhaps even the winner of the presidential elections on June 24.
By trying to appeal to the left in Turkey, the HDP is increasingly pushing away its core Kurdish nationalist vote.
Due to the failure of ethnic Kurdish political parties in Turkey failing to form a coalition among themselves, it seems like the race in obtaining the vote of the Kurdish electorate is going to remain between the AK Party and the HDP.
The, what can be called, “Kurdish opening,” of Muharrem Ince is one that will lose him votes to traditional, secular-nationalist CHP voters.
The AK Party’s campaign will show as to whether the coalition with the MHP will affect how the Kurdish electorate will vote.