Posted by: hevallo | February 24, 2011

>Kurds to Run as Independents in Upcoming Turkish Elections!

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World Bulletin / News Desk

The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has decided to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, slated for this June, with independent candidates.

With no hope that it can pass the 10 percent election threshold in the elections, it seems the BDP will urge its members to stand as independent candidates in the elections. The pro-Kurdish party used the same tactic in the 2007 elections and managed to send 20 of its members to Parliament. The independent deputies later formed a parliamentary group for their party.

The BDP now aims to send 40 deputies to Parliament. Most of the party’s existing deputies will not run as candidates for deputy positions in the elections. Instead, BDP members who are currently on trial as part of the case against the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) will participate in the elections. If the suspects in the trial manage to be elected to Parliament, then they will avoid trial for the next four years they serve as deputies.

There are also rumors that Ahmet Türk and Aysel Tuğluk will run as independent candidates in the elections. Türk, the chairman of the now-defunct Democratic Society Party (DTP), and Tuğluk, the party’s co-chairwoman, were stripped of their parliamentary immunity after their party was shut down in 2009. The BDP was accused of becoming the focal point of acts of terror.

There were earlier news reports that the BDP will join forces with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the elections. The two parties were expected to form an “election cooperation” and run in the polls as a single party. After entering Parliament, the BDP deputies would part ways with the CHP and form their own parliamentary group.

For long months, the BDP pressured the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government to reduce the 10 percent election threshold. The party believes the threshold prevents minor parties from representing its voters in Parliament. The government, however, did not agree, and the threshold remains in place.

According to news reports, the BDP administration was concerned that its voters would decide to vote for the AK Party if the BDP decided not to participate in the elections with independent candidates. Such a decision would create the impression that the BDP could not manage to pass the threshold in the polls, and then BDP voters might decide to support a stronger political party rather than the BDP.

BDP mayor sentenced to six years in jail on terror charges

The İstanbul 4th High Criminal Court sentenced Şırnak’s Uludere Mayor Şükran Sincar, a member of the BDP, to six years, three months in jail due to a speech she delivered in December 2009. The court accused the mayor of acting in line with directives from the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

During Wednesday’s trial, the mayor denied the charges. However, the court found her guilty. Sincar’s lawyer, Rojhat Dilsiz, said they would appeal the court’s decision.

Source: World News.

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