Salahttin Demirtas submitted as Turkish presidential candidate
if($('.nav-wrapper').width()<728){ google_ad_client = "ca-pub-8530768961177157"; google_ad_slot = "8024336238"; google_ad_width = 300; google_ad_height = 250; } else { google_ad_client = "ca-pub-8530768961177157"; google_ad_slot = "1705860969"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; }

Salahttin Demirtas submitted as Turkish presidential candidate

Salehtiin Demirtas
Orient Net
Date: 2018-05-05 11:01
Turkish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Friday formally announced imprisoned former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas as the party’s presidential candidate in June 24 snap elections.

The party leaders held simultaneous candidacy introduction events in Istanbul and southeastern Diyarbakır province to name Demirtas as their candidate.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has nominated 54-year-old lawmaker Muharrem Ince as their candidate.

Other candidates who will challenge the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) candidate, incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the elections are Meral Aksener, the far-right Good Party (İP) chairwoman and the conservative Felicity Party (SP) leader, Temel Karamollaoğlu and a neo-nationalist figure, Doğu Perinçek, who wants to run in the elections by collecting 100,000 signatures.

Demirtaş was born in 1973, in eastern Elazıg province of Turkey. He was first elected as a deputy from the Democratic Turkey Party (DTP) in 2007.

When the party was closed down in 2009, he transferred to the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). 

In 2014, he became the co-chairman of the left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) which was formed with the inclusion of several political movements including the BDP and known for its link to the PKK organization.

Demirtas served his duty as the co-chairman until 2018. He became the presidential candidate of the party in 2014 and came in the third place. 

In 2016, he was imprisoned for insulting "the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish nation, the Turkish state and state institutions."


google_ad_client = "ca-pub-8530768961177157"; google_ad_slot = "4041467030"; google_ad_width = Math.floor($('.col.m12').first().innerWidth()/10)*10-30; google_ad_height = 90;
Ambulance team among civilians killed as Russian warplanes bomb Idlib city .15 civilians killed by Russian-Assad warplanes in Idlib, Aleppo countryside .Russian warplane kills media activist, civilian in Idlib’s Ariha .Student killed, 8 wounded as school in Syria’s Afrin hit by YPG rockets .Family of nine killed as Russian warplane targets minibus in Aleppo countryside .Five children among 16 civilians killed by Assad, Russian bombardment in Idlib, Aleppo .Assad barrel bombs kill 8 civilians, injure others in Idlib’ Sarmin .400,000 civilians flee Idlib, Aleppo countryside in 20 days .Israeli airstrikes hit pro-Iranian, Assad positions in Damascus .Security Council to meet Thursday to discuss Idlib .EU calls for end to Idlib bombardment .US threatens pressure over Assad regime, Russia over Syria’s Idlib .Erdogan warns Assad regime to withdraw behind observation post lines in Syria’s Idlib .Erdogan, Putin discuss Syria’s Idlib over phone .Cavusoglu: Turkey won’t tolerate Assad regime’s attacks against it .Akar: Turkey has neutralized 76 Assad militiamen .Turkey retaliates as Assad regime kills 7 Turkish soldiers, wounds 9 in Idlib’s Saraqib .Opposition fighters kill, injure dozens of Assad militiamen in Aleppo countryside .Opposition fighters destroy, capture Assad tanks in Aleppo countryside .Soleimani’s guard killed in Syria’s Aleppo .Syrian demonstrators march towards Turkish border .Idlib demonstrators call international community to stop Russia’s slaughtering of civilians in Syria .UN: 520,000 Syrians have been displaced from their homes in two months .UNICEF calls to protect Syrian children as 6,500 children are forced to flee every day .Iraq protesters bury demonstrators killed overnight .Rescuers among 39 killed in Turkey’s Van by 2 avalanches .China faces more border curbs as coronavirus death toll rises to 564