Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP, main opposition leaders discuss peace, snap elections


The co-chairs of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar on Tuesday visited with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

During the meeting, the HDP’s Buldan proposed for Kılıçdaroğlu to bring up the demand for early elections ahead of the scheduled polls in 2023 in a joint
proposal to be submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the HDP reported on its website.

The CHP leader called for the prioritisation of peace, not conflict, during the meeting, it said.

“We talked about the economy, tradesmen, pensioners and wage earners. Of course, we have different opinions, but every opinion is extremely valuable,’’
Kılıçdaroğlu said.

“Currently, there are serious problems including poverty, hunger, injustice in the country which prompt us to act jointly to protect the citizens,” Sancar said.

“We have a lot of work to do until the elections, we are faced with the task of working together for election security as of today.’’

CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu addressed the families who today commemorated the 34 people who lost their lives as a result of the bombings by Turkish fighter jets in the Uludere (Roboski) district of Şırnak province near the Iraq-Turkey border on December 28, 2011.

“It is our duty to defend their rights and laws. I wish all mothers a happy new year. Hopefully I will be able to solve all their problems somehow,” Kılıçdaroğlu
told the families of the victims.

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