Journalist, parliamentarian Şık resigns from Kurdish opposition party: report

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Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik (L) celebrates with friends after being released from Silivri prison on March 10, 2018 in Istanbul. An Istanbul court on March 9 ordered the conditional release of two more journalists in the trial on terror-related charges of staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Prominent journalist and member of parliament Ahmet Şık has resigned from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), according to the Hürriyet Daily News.

“I resigned from the HDP because of a dominant understanding among the party’s management, excluding our co-chairs, insisting on an approach contrary to democratic practices [and] further away from the HDP’s strength, meaning and values,” Şık said in a tweet on Monday.

Şık said he submitted his resignation to the party on April 1.

He said his decision was a “reflection of an individual political approach” and should not be a matter for “conspiracy theories.”

After Şık announced his resignation, the HDP’s executive board also made an announcement on Twitter.

“We have worked with Mr. Ahmet Şık since the June 2018 elections and have been engaged in efforts together. The resignation is his own decision,” the HDP said.

“The HDP will continue its work, aware of its political and historic responsibility,” it added.

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