Turkey: pro-Kurdish party ban “would undermine” democracy, Washington warns

On Wednesday March 17, the United States warned that a ban on Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party “would undermine” the country’s already weakened democracy.

The United States warned on Wednesday March 17 that a ban on Turkey’s main Prokurdist party “would undermine” the country’s already weakened democracy. The US State Department said in a statement “to monitor the launch of efforts to dissolve the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), a move that would unduly subvert the will of Turkish voters, further undermine democracy in Turkey,” and deprive millions of Turkish citizens of their elected representatives. “

Ned Price, spokesman for US diplomacy said: “We call on the Turkish government to respect freedom of expression in accordance with the protections guaranteed by the Turkish Constitution and Turkey’s international commitments  .” He added that “the United States is closely monitoring events in Turkey, including the disturbing March 17 measures to deprive MP Omer Faruk Faruk Gergerlioglu of his seat.”

A prosecutor sent an indictment to Turkey’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday, demanding the opening of a trial to ban the HDP , the country’s third-largest political formation which has been the subject of relentless repression since 2016. The party denounced a “political putsch” and accuses President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan  of seeking to silence him before the next elections. The demand for the closure of the HDP comes a few hours after the Turkish Parliament stripped of his mandate Faruk Gergerlioglu, a member of this party, after the final confirmation of a sentence of two and a half years in prison for “terrorist propaganda” .

 

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