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Erdogan’s Ally Demands Shutdown of Pro-Kurdish HDP Party

A key ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the prosecutor’s office to seek the shutdown of the pro-Kurdish HDP party.

Devlet Bahceli, head of the nationalist MHP party, said the HDP should be banned for allegedly encouraging Kurds to protest Turkey’s failure to stop deadly Islamic State attacks on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in 2014. He also accused the HDP of supporting separatist Kurdish militants during violent clashes with Turkish security forces in 2015.