THE REPRESENTATION OF THE KURDISH POPULATION IN THE TURKISH LEGISLATURE: AN OVERVIEW ON THE RESULTS OF THE KURDISH PARTIES IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS FROM 1965-2018
Keywords:Turkey; Kurds; political parties; parliamentary elections; Peoples’ Democratic Party.
The paper represents an analysis of the Kurdish political movements on the territory of Turkey, focusing on the evolution of the parties which main purpose is to support the rights of the minority. In terms of time, the study covers the entire period of manifestation of Kurdish political formations in the parliamentary elections in the Turkish state, from 1965 to 2018. Special attention was given to the Peoples’ Democratic Party, which became the main political force that militates for the affirmation of Kurdish identity in Turkey, after 2015 elections. Also, in order to ensure a comprehensive analysis of the topic, the paper identified the major impediments to the political representation of the Kurdish minority that appeared during the political and social developments in the Republic of Turkey.
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