ANALYSIS:  Turkey’s Kurds Will Determine the Outcome of 2023 Elections


Turkey’s Kurds will determine the outcome of 2023 elections


  • Turkey’s Kurds have a very troubled history vs the State which treats them as secessionists and security risks.


  • Kurds’ political and social plight went up by orders of magnitude in recent years, as Erdogan allied his views with ultra-nationalist MHP.


  • Based on current polls, the Kurdish vote, about 15% of the total, will decide the after of both presidential and parliamentary races in 2023.


  • Both competing alliances have a tough time appealing to Kurdish voters.


  • What do Kurds want? Which candidate and alliance are they more likely to back in 2023?


  • Finally, the bonus section: Can Kurds ever achieve equality with and acceptance by  the Turkish  majority?


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.