Pro-Kurdish party to launch 'no campaign' against Erdogan empowerment

HDP’s spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen said they were going to prepare “a strategic plan with beneficial and democratic outcomes” for Turkey’s society in their no campaign.

ANKARA, Turkey (Kurdistan24) – Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Sunday declared they would launch a “no campaign” to reject a parliament-approved constitutional bill to extend President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.

During a press conference in Ankara, HDP’s spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen said they were going to prepare “a strategic plan with beneficial and democratic outcomes” for Turkey’s society in their no campaign.

The Turkish Parliament passed the package transferring parliamentary powers to Erdogan in two rounds this week and the one before.

President Erdogan signaled on Saturday he would approve the bill passed by the Parliament, paving the way for a referendum.

HDP, whose co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, as well as eight other lawmakers, remain in prison on charges of separatism and terrorism are opposed to giving Erdogan executive powers.

Moreover, the pre-trial imprisoned MPs could not cast their vote during parliamentary sessions on the Justice and Development Party (AKP)-proposed bill.

The phrase “we will not make you president” was a slogan the HDP used during its general elections campaigns in 2015 as a rebuke to Erdogan whose current post is largely ceremonial.

“We will force the no outcome to happen in a most active way,” said Bilgen. “Let nobody have any doubts.”

The AKP backed by its far-right ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were to campaign for yes, whereas the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) would demand from people to vote no.

“It is both possible and compulsory to stop Erdogan democratically,” Bilgen stated, according to Kurdistan24’s Ankara Bureau.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany