Pro-Kurdish HDP calls for new 'alliances' in Turkey

HDP's call for a broad base coalition alternative to President Erdogan's rule first came last week.

ANKARA, Turkey (Kurdistan24) - Pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey's second-largest opposition block at the Parliament was looking ahead to forge 'new alliances' in the country whose system of governance changed from a parliamentary one for an executive presidency last month through a referendum.

HDP's spokesperson Osman Baydemir told reporters at his party's headquarters in Ankara on Monday that it was imperative for "everyone who were against war and wanted liberties, plurality, and equality" to come together.

Baydemir called the constitutional amendment package approved by a disputed 51.4 percentage of voters on April 16 that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unprecedented powers in modern Turkey's history "an illegitimate document" and vowed not to allow its legitimization.

Still, he used a conciliatory language inclusive of 'yes' voters who he claimed to be only 45 percent.

"What we can do on our part is the formation of a new social contract," said Baydemir who also represents the Kurdish-majority Sanliurfa province at the Parliament.

HDP's call for a broad base coalition alternative to President Erdogan's rule and that of his Justice and Development Party (HDP) first came last week.

Selahattin Demirtas, the imprisoned co-leader of HDP, on Friday said in a letter from prison that there was potential for the formation of "new alliances."

Demirtas also warned against the polarization of society as 'yes' versus 'no' camps, based on their preferences in the referendum, a process he, HDP's other co-leader Figen Yuksekdag and 11 other lawmakers could not participate in because they were in prison.


Editing by Ava Homa

(Kurdistan24 Ankara Bureau contributed to this report.)