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Pro-Kurdish HDP nabs top spot in southeastern Turkey – election survey

Pro-Kurdish HDP nabs top spot in southeastern Turkey – election survey

Xeber24.net – Ahval

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is set to increase its votes in the upcoming local elections, receiving the support of 62 percent of the votes in the country’s province of Diyarbakır, according to a survey by Rawest research, a company that aims to produce non-partisan information on Turkey’s mainly Kurdish region.

The survey found that the HDP also placed on top in the other eastern and southeastern provinces of Van and Mardin, with 57.3 percent and 58.2 percent, respectively.

While the HDP will increase its votes since the last local elections in 2014, where it received 55.1 percent support, independent news site Diken reported, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will see a slide in support, dropping from 35 percent to 32.8 percent in Diyarbakir.

The survey results arrive as Turkey prepares to the head the ballot boxes on March 31 to elect, mayors and neighbourhood leaders throughout the country.

The HDP has traditionally received strong support in Turkey’s Kurdish majority southeastern provinces; however, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has removed from office more than 80 of the 103 elected mayors representing the HDP and replaced them with government-appointed administrators, also known as ‘’kayyum’’ as part of a crackdown on the party for its alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group at war in Turkey for over 30 years, following the July 2016 coup attempt.

The party last Monday announced that for upcoming local elections it would not name mayoral candidates for Turkey’s cities of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara.

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