The Kurds occupy the coveted position of king-makers in Turkey and forced HDP entry in the Turkish Parliament, following the parliamentary elections on Sunday, June 7. After a tense campaign, the Kurdish party HDP has largely crossed the 10% threshold imposed for a seat on the benches of Parliament. With 13% of votes, it gets 80.
“We won a great victory (…) those who want freedom, democracy and peace have won, those who want to authoritarianism, who are arrogant, and who consider themselves the only owners of Turkey have lost,” said declared leader of HDP at a press conference in Istanbul. After HDP entry in the Turkish Parliament, politician has achieved its goal: boost the score of his training to derail the proposed constitutional reform of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and impose its first political defeat for 13 years.
The HDP already had 29 seats in the outgoing Assembly. But they had been elected under the independent label to circumvent the mandatory threshold of 10%. These deputies had regained their colors and formed a group that once in office.
After flirting with the 10% in the presidential election last year, Selahattin Demirtas, 42 years lawyer, confirmed that he had become one of the essential political figures of the country. At the base of its success include the successful transformation of the HDP a motion only Kurdish community in the country, representing 20% of the Turkish population, and close to the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a modern party , social fiber and open to women and all minorities.
As soon as the results confirmed, thousands of people come to the streets of Diyarbakir, the “capital” of the Kurdish southeast of Turkey, to celebrate the victory of HDP waving flags and honking. The campaign was marked by widespread violence, aimed mainly HDP. Friday night, a bomb attack against a public meeting of HDP in Diyarbakir killed two people and injured several hundred others. No incidents were reported during the poll.
Sunday’s success has also taken on the appearance of revenge for Selahattin Demirtas, who suffered government attacks for weeks . Erdogan has treated of “infidel” after he proposed to delete the mandatory religious classes at school, or even “pop star” because he played the “saz”, a kind of Kurdish lute. “We, the HDP, will transform the lion that is in your heart kitten,” replied, serene, whom his admirers call the ‘Kurdish Obama. “