HDP and Green Left stand firm in support of Kilicdaroglu
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and its sister party Green Left will continue to support the opposition’s joint candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, in the second round of the presidential elections, just as it did in the first round, the co-chairs said in a press conference on Wednesday.
After a meeting of their central executive board, the party chairs emphasized that all energy should be directed for now towards the second round, which will take place on May 28, and efforts should be made to ensure the opposition's victory.
It was stated that the party organization and officials will be fully active on the ground, conducting motivational campaigns to encourage voters to go to the polls in the second round.
The HDP and Green Left executives will deepen the discussions and thoroughly evaluate the decline in the party's votes, and the criticisms received, after the completion of the second round of the presidential election.
“Let it be known that we are a tradition of criticism/self-criticism. The revealed results have reasons beyond the election process, and therefore, a comprehensive discussion process is needed. After May 28, we will hold meetings with our people, provincial and district organizations to discuss the process together. Without resorting to any excuses or justifications, a thorough assessment of the identified deficiencies and inadequacies will be conducted, and the necessary actions will be taken. There should be no doubt about it.” the statement said.
HDP’s statement criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for their ongoing assaults on Kurds, women, youth, and all oppressed individuals, as well as their attacks on social and political opposition and emphasized that their own party has been a primary target of these relentless attacks, which create an atmosphere of oppression and fear within society.
The HDP also reaffirmed their strength and determination, stating that their idea and tradition of struggle will never waver.