Imprisoned PKK leader predicts pro-Kurdish party to win 12 percent of votes

Jailed leader of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) predicts that pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) will collect 12 percent of votes in coming elections

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Recent interview with a pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Sirri Sureyya Onder revealed that imprisoned outlawed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan estimates HDP to win 12 percent of votes in June 7 elections. 

Onder’s interview was conducted by Cumhuriyet daily, covering latest political developments in the country. 

In the response to question what Ocalan’s plan B is if HDP remains under election threshold, Onder answered, “Ocalan always maintains consistency on election forecasts. He said the ‘election threshold should not be a problem for you since HDP votes will be over 12 percent’.”

Asked regarding speculations that the HDP plans to establish “Kurdish councils” if remains under the election threshold, Onder responded that it is a “smear campaign” to prevent the HDP from receiving votes in the election. 

In previous elections, pro-Kurdish candidates affiliated with the HDP entered elections independent but decided to enter this year’s election as a party which puts the party under the risk that 10 percent election threshold may prevent the party from the Parliament.

Four out of five surveys recently conducted by polling companies indicated that the HDP will not be able to overcome the election threshold while one of them estimated HDP will exceed the threshold.

TRTWorld and agencies