#TurkeyElections Yes we need: European delegations on the ground for pre-electoral observation… More attacks at HDP offices…

A six-member cross-party delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) paid a pre-electoral visit to Turkey on May 5-6 for observation ahead of the June 7 elections
Two people allegedly involved in an attack on the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) election bureau building in Black Sea province of Bartın were detained on May 14
President Erdoğan has hailed Italy’s decision to ban the formation of coalition governments in the name of providing stability, amid predictions that Turkey’s upcoming parliamentary elections might force a coalition government, ending more than a decade of single-party rule by the AKP
Peoples’ Democratic Party Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has accused Turkish President Erdoğan of “violating the constitution for months,” as he fails to remain neutral during the election campaign and nobody can take action “because they fear Erdoğan.”
The Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) filed an official complaint to Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) on May 5, claiming that President Tayyip Erdoğan has been taking sides on behalf of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)
Özcan Purçu, who is expected to become the first ever Roma politician in the Turkish Parliament, has said he opted to be nominated from the main opposition CHP as the ruling AKP’s ‘Roma initiative’ ultimately failed
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pledged to wipe out all marks of military coups in Turkey
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has vowed to resign if his party fails to pass the 10 percent election threshold in the June 7 elections, adding a stronger HDP would continue to push forward in the long stagnant Kurdish peace process
At a time when the public’s trust in fair elections in Turkey is on the decline, a civil initiative is ready to once again mobilize thousands of volunteers to ensure an accurate counting of the votes cast.
“I don’t think my wife is too pleased with this situation,” said Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chairman of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), smiling shyly.
Weeks before the general elections, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has changed its much-criticized digital strategy, replacing its infamous “trolls” with a “regular army” – at least on paper.
The two leaders of the opposition parties continued their rallies on May 13, during which they slammed the government’s policies on both local and national issues

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