HDP will not nominate candidates for İstanbul, Adana, İzmir mayoral elections

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A girl flashes the victory sign as holding a flag bearing the logo of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) as Turkish Kurds gather during Newroz celebrations for the new year in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on March 21, 2018. Newroz (also known as Nawroz or Nowruz) is an ancient Persian festival, which is also celebrated by Kurdish people, marking the first day of spring, which falls on March 21. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced on Monday that they would not field candidates for the March 31 mayoral elections in the metropolitan cities of İstanbul, Adana and İzmir.

The announcement came from party spokesperson Hakkı Saruhan Oluç following reports in the Turkish media that HDP would not nominate candidates in seven major cities.

The move is considered among pundits to be an effort to prevent a win for the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and tacit support for opposition parties.

Oluç also claimed that the minister of interior was acting like a political partisan instead of a minister.

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