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Turkish Indictment to Ban Pro-Kurdish Party Risks Biden’s Ire

Then-Vice President Joe Biden meets with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2016.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden meets with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2016.Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Turkey’s chief prosecutor on Monday submitted an expanded indictment seeking to shut the leading pro-Kurdish political party, risking a new human-rights clash with the U.S. a week before the countries’ presidents meet.

The U.S. described an initial indictment against the HDP filed in March as designed to “unduly subvert the will of Turkish voters. Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Brussels next Monday. The Turkish lira pared gains against the dollar after the announcement.