HDP aims to persuade 200,000 Kurdish voters to support opposition’s İmamoğlu

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The co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Pervin Buldan speaks to meadia members on May 25, 2018 during a campain meeting for the presidential elections near the prison where Demirtas is being held in Edirne. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party launches its campaign for the presidential and parliamentary polls on June 24 in front of the prison where the HDP presidential candidate and ex-HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas is being held / AFP PHOTO / Ozan KOSE / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Pervin Buldan has said their election campaign will aim to convince some 200,000 Kurds who failed to vote in a previous election in March to support the opposition’s İstanbul mayoral candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, in the re-run poll, BBC Turkish service reported.

Buldan held a press conference on Friday and said the HDP would be campaigning for the İstanbul election re-run on June 23 with clear support for the opposition.

She told reporters that some Kurdish voters did not want to support the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the March 31 election, hinting at past grievances between secular nationalists and Kurds.

However, they felt the injustice that the opposition has been subjected to with the election board’s cancelation of the results, Buldan said, adding that their endorsement would constitute support for the democratic forces of Turkey aiming to stop President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s party.

According to the March 31 election results, some 1.7 million people in İstanbul failed to cast votes.

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