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Could this party change Turkey’s political landscape?

The left-wing HDP party could stop Erdoğan seizing even more power

By Kaya Genç  

Selahattin Demirtaş of the Peoples' Democratic Party © Emrah Gurel/AP/Press Association Images

“We will not make you president. We will not make you president. We will not make you president.”

When the leader of Turkey’s left-wing HDP party Selahattin Demirtaş spoke those words during a parliamentary group meeting in March, people had little idea that one of the shortest speeches in Turkey’s political history could prove so effective.

Demirtaş’s promise heralded an election campaign—Turkey’s general election is…

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