(Video) Kurdish assassinations fuel speculation of “dirty” tricks after Turkey’s AKP defeat

(Video) Kurdish assassinations fuel speculation of “dirty” tricks after Turkey’s AKP defeat
by Martin Jay

10 June 2015 | 05:14

Source: by Martin Jay

  • by Martin Jay
  • Source: Martin Jay
  • Last update: 10 June 2015 | 05:14

Tension is beginning to mount in Turkey after a 13 year grip on the country held by Erdogan's AKP party finally ended, paving way for Kurds to play a more dynamic role in the country and in turn their destiny.
But is somebody or a group in Turkey trying to set the Kurds off against one another causing division and chaos?

The head of an aid organisation linked to a right-wing Kurdish party in Turkey has been shot dead, triggering clashes between rival Kurdish groups that the interior ministry said yesterday left three people dead.

Security sources confirmed that Aytac Baran, from the Yeni Ihya Der aid group, was killed as he left his office in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday.

The violence adds to already spiralling tension in Turkey's largest Kurdish-populated city where three people were killed in an attack on political rally last week, in the final days of the election campaign.



Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has resigned in a procedural move after his AK Party lost its majority in parliamentary elections.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted Mr Davutoglu's gesture but asked him to stay in the post until a new government was formed.

Mr Erdogan is now expected to give Mr Davutoglu the difficult task of forming a new coalition government.
The two men met yesterday to discuss the future of the government after the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party lost its majority in parliament for the first time in 13 years.

It secured 41%, a sharp drop from 2011, and is now likely to try to form a coalition, although no party has yet indicated it is willing to join forces with the AKP. The killing of Baran triggered clashes between his supporters and supporters of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), with the former accusing the HDP of being behind the attack, an AFP reporter said.

HDP's leader Selahattin Demirtas called for calm.
"A dirty scenario is at play. All parties should act with common sense," Demirtas wrote on Twitter.
Baran had been threatened by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) shortly before his killing, his lawyer said in a statement quoted by Turkish media.

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