May 27 2019

Turkey's opposition leader calls for legal arrangements for Kurdish language

Turkey's main opposition secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Sunday said a legislative regulation must be prepared for the Kurdish language to be recognised officially, news site Kurdistan24 reported.

"A legislative regulation is necessary for Kurdish (language) to be legally used, taught and studied. This regulation must be implemented. If a proper groundwork for this is created, I believe all the parliamentarians would say 'yes' to it," Kılıçdaroğlu told K24 after an iftar meal in Istanbul.

Pointing out that individuals learning and receiving education in mother tongue is an "essential right," the secularist leader said the rights of the citizens must be equal.

The CHP in 2007 had proposed some considerable improvements in the party’s stance on the Kurdish question despite its nationalist discourse.

Elective Kurdish language courses were offered in party's election manifesto, though the door was kept shut to Kurdish as an official medium of education.

The CHP leader’s suggestions come at a time when the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party has its supporters in the west of the country to vote tactically for other opposition candidates to weaken the ruling party in the local elections.

Kurdish votes were pivotal in elections won by CHP candidates in the most populous cities, Istanbul and Ankara, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party suffered defeat.

https://www.kurdistan24.net/tr/news/02d89dfc-b1f0-4488-a947-4d540e02200a