The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on Friday launched its election campaign for Turkey’s upcoming 14 May elections, under the slogan “#We are ready”.
The party’s announcements came after the country’s Supreme Election Board confirmed 14 May as the date of presidential and parliamentary elections.
“#WeAreReady for elections to be held on 14 May. You who dragged the country to destruction, who worsened the injustices, be ready for the greatest defeat in history,” the HDP said on Twitter.
In another election tweet, the HDP posted pictures of its current co-chairs and its previous co-chairs, who campaigned under the same hashtag.
“We are going to change this regime, which has become a wreck and collapsed on the country. Nobody can prevent this change, its time has come. All the best to all of us in advance for the bright future we will create together,” the party said.
“The election date has been decided. #WeAreReady to build a new life, to establish the sovereignty of democracy, peace, labour and freedom, to create historic change,” read another HDP message.
Jailed former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş sent his support to the election campaign via Twitter.
“#WeAreReady, if everyone is ready, we are about to take off. Fasten your seatbelts, we are setting out on the journey towards change,” he said.
Though the election date has been set, it is still uncertain whether the HDP will run with its own candidate in the presidential elections, or support Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), who has been nominated as the presidential candidate for an opposition alliance of six political parties on Monday.
It is expected that the HDP-led left-wing alliance will announce its decision on the presidential candidate following a potential visit by Kılıçdaroğlu to the HDP headquarters in Ankara in the coming days.