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Turkey’s leading pro-Kurdish party renames itself Democratic Peoples’ Party

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Green Left Party (YSP) has renamed itself the Democratic Peoples’ Party (DHP), the Artı Gerçek news website reported.

The decision on the party’s new name was made at a Central Executive Board meeting on Monday.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ran in the May elections under the banner of the YSP to circumvent the risks that could have emerged from its possible closure ahead of the elections.

The HDP faces a closure case on terrorism charges that is still pending at the Constitutional Court.

The YSP secured 8.8 percent of the vote in the 2023 parliamentary elections, while the HDP won 11.7 percent in 2018.

The YSP did not nominate any presidential candidate for the May election but supported Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who was the joint presidential candidate of an opposition bloc of six parties and was defeated by the incumbent president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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