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Turkey: HDP launch 'no' campaign ahead of constitutional reform referendum02:26

Turkey: HDP launch 'no' campaign ahead of constitutional reform referendum

Turkey, Istanbul
March 2, 2017 at 08:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) launched their "no" campaign for Turkey's upcoming constitutional referendum in April. The campaign was launched in Istanbul on Thursday.

HDP MP and spokesperson Osman Baydemir, who took up his post last month following the arrest of former spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen, was also in attendance. HDP MP Filiz Kerestecioglu gave a speech in opposition to the constitutional proposals.

"How fair is it to make a constitution before workers of Soma and Sirvan, and their relatives, the families who are seeking justice, have their final word? How fair is it to make a constitution before the children, such as Ayse, Hayko, Rojda or Rita, who desire a secular education in their native language, have their final word?," said the MP.

The Turkish Parliament approved a new draft constitution that would allow for a presidential system of government, significantly increasing the power of the president in January. A reported 339 of the 550-member assembly voted in favour of the draft bill. The Turkish electorate will vote on the bill in a nationwide referendum scheduled for April 16.

Turkey: HDP launch 'no' campaign ahead of constitutional reform referendum02:26
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The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) launched their "no" campaign for Turkey's upcoming constitutional referendum in April. The campaign was launched in Istanbul on Thursday.

HDP MP and spokesperson Osman Baydemir, who took up his post last month following the arrest of former spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen, was also in attendance. HDP MP Filiz Kerestecioglu gave a speech in opposition to the constitutional proposals.

"How fair is it to make a constitution before workers of Soma and Sirvan, and their relatives, the families who are seeking justice, have their final word? How fair is it to make a constitution before the children, such as Ayse, Hayko, Rojda or Rita, who desire a secular education in their native language, have their final word?," said the MP.

The Turkish Parliament approved a new draft constitution that would allow for a presidential system of government, significantly increasing the power of the president in January. A reported 339 of the 550-member assembly voted in favour of the draft bill. The Turkish electorate will vote on the bill in a nationwide referendum scheduled for April 16.