[Marxism] Turkey: High stakes for Kurds and Erdogan in coming poll

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun Apr 12 22:44:50 MDT 2015

The AKP, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won 49% of the vote in the
2011 elections and holds 312 of the 550 seats in Turkey’s Grand National
Assembly. A Gezici poll taken in January suggests the AKP’s support has
slipped 9.7% to just under 40%.

The Kurdish-based People’s Democratic Party (HDP), led by Selahattin
Demirtas, is making headlines with a bold new tactic. Previously its
candidates stood as independents, an approach which netted it 35 deputies
in the last election.

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original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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