Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to boycott parliament

11:06, June 24, 2011      

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Turkey's newly elected pro-Kurdish candidates supported by Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) decided Thursday to boycott Turkey's parliament.

The decision was taken after Turkey's electoral board declined the parliament seat of Hatip Dicle, another Kurdish politician.

"We won't go to the parliament until a concrete step is taken," Serafettin Elci, one of the Kurdish candidates, told a press conference after pro-Kurdish politicians gathered in Diyarbakir city of southeastern Turkey in order to discuss a boycott.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) should " immediately return stolen deputy seat," he added.

The decision of boycott, not to go Parliament when it opens on June 28, does not require Kurdish politicians to drop their deputy status.

The move could spark protests in southeast Turkey and raise tension.

The High Electoral Board of Turkey announced late Tuesday that Hatip Dicle, who was elected as an independent representative from Diyarbakir city, could not take a seat in the newly elected parliament. He was supported by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) which won 36 seats in the 550-member parliament.

Source: Xinhua
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