Pro-Kurdish party will not run mayoral candidates in Turkey's three largest cities

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on Monday announced that for upcoming local elections it would not name mayoral candidates for Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, said the Kurdish news site Mezopotamya Agency.

In addition to three major cities, HDP also will not name mayoral candidates in the southeastern cities of Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa, and southern cities of Adana and Mersin.

Also, the pro-Kurdish party said it will nominate candidates for the main districts of these cities, like Istanbul's Şişli and Mersin's Akdeniz districts, according to Mezopotamya Agency.

Last week, HDP spokesman Ayhan Bilgen told Ahval that HDP would mainly nominate candidates in southeastern cities where the Kurdish voters are the majority.

The party won 102 district and metropolitan city municipalities in the 2014 local elections. However, following military operations in southeastern cities in 2015, Turkish authorities dismissed 95 HDP mayors over terrorism charges, replacing them with appointed administrators.