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Turkey will be holding presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.

With thousands of political prisoners, the political climate is very 
repressive.  Nevertheless the HDP (Peoples Democratic Party) is participating 
in the elections.

Selahattin Demirtaş, the HDP presidential candidate, is currently in prison, as 
are many other HDP members.


HDP election manifesto:


Selahattin Demirtaş election manifesto:



notes on the parties:

AKP - Erdogan's party - Islamist

MHP - right wing Turkish nationalist

CHP - sometimes described as social democratic, but also described as Kemalist, 
meaning Turkish nationalist and hostile to Kurdish aspirations

HDP - leftist, for Kurdish rights

Currently the AKP and MHP rule in coalition.

Chris Slee

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