Kurds and the presidential elections

Published 09.07.2014 01:11

The Kurdish reconciliation process, which has been ongoing for 18 months, will be legitimized once the "framework law" is passed by the parliamentary commission and approved at the general assembly of the Parliament. The law aims for militants from the terrorist organization PKK to leave the country and return to their homes. This is the main reason why the AK Party has not deferred to Parliament.

In addition to this "historic development," as Öcalan called it, various other reforms including the option to receive Kurdish language education and changing the names of locations from Turkish to Kurdish is increasing Erdoğan's chance of receiving the Kurdish vote in the upcoming presidential elections. This observation is also based on the fact that in the last three general elections, the majority of Kurds voted for the AK Party.

On the other hand, the pro-Kurdish BDP's representative power among Kurds who have not yet "made peace" with the Turkish state also runs strong. This is predictable and understandable considering what the Kurds have suffered over the last half century.

Moreover, with the Kurdish reconciliation process now close to forcing the laying down of arms, the BDP is in a stronger political position and is becoming the constructive opposition.

Back in 2011, when the PKK was trying to trigger conflict by declaring the "revolutionary war of a nation," the BDP's copresident Selahattin Demirtaş had fanned the flames with his declaration, "400 square kilometers is under the control of the PKK."

Around that time, the BDP was less involved in politics but was acting more as a representative and supporter of the PKK. However, today, Demirtaş is running to rule not only those 400 square meters but the whole country after he declared himself a presidential candidate. This indicates that the Kurdish reconciliation process is increasing the importance of politics amongst Kurds and the importance of integration with the rest of the nation.

Since the stance of the main opposition is clear, the BDP now has the chance to pursue a better, healthier opposition and can help build the new Turkey. Since none of the main opposition parties, the MHP and CHP could nominate a candidate from within their own parties, for the BDP to name its own chair as its candidate in the presidential elections better proves the lack of trust in the main opposition parties.

I would like to underline the significance of an interview that proves that the AK Party and BDP could cooperate as a result of the Kurdish Reconciliation Process. The BDP's apparent fortress in all elections has been Hakkari. The BDP's Hakkari parliamentarian Adil Zozani said, "the Kurds had the chance to observe the choices of the Turkish nation at the 2010 constitution referendum. Kurds will continue to seek democratic solutions.

Everything that has happened since 2010 show that timidity is not necessary. Kurds demand a change in Turkey. Erdoğan's strength lies in his recognition of this demand for change among Kurds. The AK Party government is trying to find the right position in the new Turkey unlike the CHP and MHP."

Accordingly, Zozani accepts that the main actor of this democratic change is the AK party's Erdoğan. These words point out that as the process progresses, the new Turkey will be built by two political powers (the conservatives and the Kurds), which have been suppressed in the previous regime. This also hints what the choice of pro-BDP Kurds will be if the presidential election runs in the second round as well.

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