Syrian Kurds Voting for Local Leaders Want a Democratic System After ISIS – Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Published by the Globe Post on September 23, 2017 (KOBANI, Syria) – The city of Kobani in northern Syria suffered under an Islamic State siege from 2014 until the U.S.-led Coalition decided to back the Syrian Kurds, eventually defeating ISIS after a battle that lasted more than six months. Every family in Kobani has lost someone to ISIS and even now hundreds of civilians remains in the terror group’s hands. ...

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Kurds preparing first vote in Syrian Kurdistan: official

This article was published on Ekurd Daily on 27 August 2017. QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Kurdish authorities in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) on Saturday began laying the groundwork for the first local elections in the federal system they are establishing in the country’s north, an official told AFP. Hadiya Youssef, co-chair of the federal system’s constituent assembly, said three rounds of elections would be ...

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Erdogan Won Bloodstained Election, But HDP Hope Lives On – John Hunt

Published by The Pasewan on the November 9, 2015 The author was an elections observer in Turkey on 7 June and 1 November 2015 Tear gas and water cannon, fired against angry Kurdish youth, marked the end of the 1 November elections in Amed (Dyarbakir), in stark contrast to the heady celebrations that followed the 7 June polls. This time the results were disappointing for the pro-Kurd HDP, which lost more tha ...

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INVITATION for INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS – Early legislative elections in Turkey on November 1st, 2015

The HDP is calling for international observers for the upcoming early general elections in Turkey on 1st November 2015. Information on logistics,  registration form and other details are enclosed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have further questions. Kind regards, Eyyup Doru Representative in Europe Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Representation in Europe 46, Rue d'Arlon 1000-Bruxell ...

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Turkish opposition leader says Islamic State behind bombings of Kurds

REUTERS, Istanbul, 9 May, 2015 A string of bombings targeting Turkey's pro-Kurdish party during its campaign to enter parliament has been linked with Islamic State in Syria, the party's chairman said on Monday. Three people were killed in two blasts on Friday in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey, minutes before Selahattin Demirtas, head of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), address ...

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These Are Some of the Scenarios After Turkey’s Inconclusive Vote

Ben Holland and Onur Ant Published by Bloomberg, June 8, 2015 — 12:59 AM For the first time this century, Turkey is waking up the day after a general election without knowing who will form its next government. In Sunday’s vote, the AK Party lost the parliamentary majority it had held since 2002, though for the fourth successive election the Islamist-rooted group won the most votes and seats. The outcome may ...

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What’s next for Turkey? – Cengiz Candar

Published by Al-Monitor, June 8, 2015 By noon Turkish time on June 8, 96.6% of the ballots in the more than174,000 polling stations in Turkey’s parliamentary elections were counted. The results are in: The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost its parliamentary majority and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the new darling of Turkish pro-democracy forces and liberals, has passed ...

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UPDATE; Blasts at Kurdish HDP rally in Turkey kill 3, more then 400 injured

UPDATE 6/6/15, 19h57: Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Health Assembly, SES and Amed Chamber of Medicine formed a crisis desk after the attack on HDP rally in Amed and made public their report on the death toll and number of people injured during the blasts. According to the report, 3 people died and 402 people got injured in Amed massacre. 16 of the wounded are still in critical condition. Brussels,6/6/15 ...

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Turkey’s Game-Changing Election – Marc Pierini, Sinan Ãœlgen

Published by Carnegie Europe, May 29, 2015 The outcome of Turkey’s parliamentary election on June 7, 2015, will mark a pivotal moment for the country’s future. Postelection scenarios include, at one extreme, a move by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to centralize power in the presidency and, at the other, the possibility of a coalition government after twelve years of single-party rule. In this Q&A, Marc ...

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Turkish civic society mobilizes against election fraud – Kadri Gursel

Published by Al-Monitor, May 28, 2015 - As Turkey’s June 7 general elections draw near, the fate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinges on whether the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), an offshoot of the Kurdish movement, will overcome the 10% national vote threshold to enter parliament. The outcome of the HDP struggle with the world’s highest threshold li ...

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