Turkey’s June 12 general election saw the pro-Kurdish movement score its biggest-ever parliamentary victory, with an increase from 20 to 36 seats in the country’s 550-member parliament. Ironically, though, the triumph comes as hopes for a peaceful solution to meeting Kurdish demands are fading.
The victory by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which primarily backed independent candidates, came at the expense of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). In two of Turkey 's predominantly Kurdish provinces, the BDP secured 90 percent of the vote.
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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.