Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP bets on new voters to exceed threshold in June polls

April 13, 2015 2:23 PM

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Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP bets on new voters to exceed threshold in June polls

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is betting on newfound appeal beyond its Kurdish base to propel it into parliament for the first time, threatening to deprive the ruling party of critical seats in June elections.

While small, the HDP could play a significant role in the parliamentary polls, given that the AK Party founded by President Tayyip Erdogan needs a sweeping victory to change the constitution and broaden his presidential powers.

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