HDP to announce alliance with 7 Kurdish parties ahead of local elections

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on Sunday announced it will be issuing a joint declaration with seven other Kurdish parties as part of an alliance formed ahead of the country’s local elections, independent news site T24 reported.

In  a written statement titled "Kurdish parties are coming together in an election alliance,’’ the HDP noted that the decision was made in the face of attacks by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as Turkey prepares to head to the polls on March 31.

HDP is set to make the official announcement on January 7 and has not listed the names of the seven parties it will be joining forces with; however, the party's leadership has in the past few weeks met with officials from the Kurdistan Socialist Party (PSK), Kurdistan Democratic Party - North (PDK-Bakur), Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), the Freedom and Socialism Party (OSP), and the Azadi Movement.

The HDP is looking for votes particularly in Turkey's southeast where 95 of the 102 Kurdish-majority municipalities have been taken over by AKP appointed administrators since 2016 when the government began a crackdown on HDP lawmakers.

Mine of the party’s deputies, including its former co chair Selahattin Demirtaş, behind bars on terror charges and thousands of members detained for their alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been in war in Turkey for over three decades.