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Ahmet Davutoglu, former Turkish prime minister and leader of the opposition Future Party, has announced his opposition to the Kurdish HDP ban.
Davutoglu stressed that he is against banning political parties, regardless of the views they adopt, including the HDP. He explained that in the event that a person from within any party commits a crime, or has ties to terrorist organizations, this person should be punished separately.
The new party leader denied that its establishment was a “betrayal” of the ruling Justice and Development Party and its principles, adding that the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding “those who got off the train” made him “sad and deeply wounded.”
In the recent period, the pro-Kurdish Peoples ‘Democratic Party (HDP) has been witnessing increasing pressure by the authorities, amid investigations being conducted with a number of parliament members of this party, against the background of suspicion that they are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is banned in Turkey and classified as “terrorist.”
Source: Turkish newspaper Zaman