HDP entry into Parliament a must for Turkish democracy: German official
Cem Ozdemir, head of the German Greens, said the future shape of the Turkish political system mostly depends on whether the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) enters Parliament after the June 7 election, with its representation in Parliament a must for the maturity of Turkish democracy.

Speaking at an event in Cologne on Thursday, Ozdemir said it is of crucial importance that the HDP be in Parliament to contribute to consolidating Turkey's fragile democratic system.

"We, the Greens, complying with the call of our partner party in Turkey, decided to back the HDP in the upcoming election," Ozdemir said in outlining the reasons behind the party's support for the HDP, Zaman daily reported.

The HDP's sensitivity to environmental issues, the high-profile representation of women in the rank and file of the party and the significance of its representation in Parliament for Turkish democracy, especially in a country where the election threshold for a party to enter Parliament is as high as 10 percent, are among the reasons why the Greens support the HDP, Ozdemir told the audience.

"If the HDP fails to enter Parliament and the ruling Justice and Development Party [AK Party] gets two-thirds of the vote, in our view, it would be bad for Turkey's democracy," Ozdemir said, expressing his concerns about the outcome of the election.

News Code: 10492  |  Date: 2015/05/29  |  Time: 23 : 48

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