What we need is ‘radical democracy’

What we need is ‘radical democracy’Selahattin DemirtaI, the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has long stood out for his-self confidence. With regard to the candidacies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan and Ekmeleddin IhsanoIlu, DemirtaI says, “One of them represents the past status quo, while the other represents a [status quo] he created himself.

” The pro-Kurdish HDP candidate started his presidential campaign by styling himself as the “candidate of change.” It is not clear how much support he will receive in the election, but he seems to be drawing the attention of leftist and dissenting groups, apart from Kurdish voters.

Many liberals are ready to leave the Republican People’s Party (CHP), which they supported in the March 30 local elections. As a young Kurdish politician who has adopted the motto “radical democracy,” does DemirtaI have any chance of gathering a large leftist coalition like the Greens in Germany or the Syriza in Greece? Or, can he become “Turkey’s Obama”? (ASLI AYDINTAIBAI, MILLIYET.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman