January 17, 2023
Turkey Closing Second-Largest Opposition Party?Back to All
by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow
Turkey’s Constitutional Court is currently in the process of deciding whether to close the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which has 56 Members of Parliament, many of whom are already incarcerated.
If closed, the HDP will be the eighth pro-Kurdish party in Turkey to be removed from the legislative process.
Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton strongly recommends that if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or his AKP Party corrupt the electoral process in the upcoming elections — on the heels of other malign actions — Turkey should be removed from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), based on “the international law principle of rebus sic stantibus – ‘as things now stand’… Mr. Erdogan hasn’t been behaving like an ally.”