Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has criticized certain groups within his party for being supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while speaking to reporters in parliament.
Responding to reports of certain people within the HDP who criticized the party’s election motto of “we won’t make you president” which directly targeted Erdoğan’s willingness to become a president in a presidential system rather than in a parliamentarian system, Demirtaş said: “Only Erdoğan-lovers are concerned about this. There were always Erdoğan-lovers within our party.”
“These [people] were secretly Erdoğan supporters. Some of them worked as deputies too. We were well aware of their desire. These people believed that the peace process would be solved by loving Erdoğan, contacting good relations with the [Justice and Development Party] AKP and even by courting favoring with the AKP. These [people] are former deputies because of that. Otherwise they would continue to work as deputies,” Demirtaş said.
He also said the peace process should continue in parliament, adding the party’s major aim was to revive the halted process. “A commission in parliament should be formed” said Demirtaş.