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Pro-Kurdish HDP to return to Parliament, ending boycott

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will resume participation in parliamentary sessions from Tuesday, ending a boycott it launched this month after the arrest of 10 of its deputies including two co-chairs.

“We know what kind of difficulties we have here and who we are indebted to. The responsibility for those who sacrifice their lives for their parties is on our shoulders. We will neither leave here, as you expect, nor be extras in the play you are performing here,” the party’s spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen said during a speech in Parliament on Tuesday.

Turkey drew international condemnation for the arrest of the leaders and other deputies from the HDP, the second-largest opposition grouping in Parliament, as part of a terrorism investigation.


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