At least 11 MPs of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been detained in Turkish cities on Friday morning. Among the detainees are co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag.
Evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Brunson ran a church in the Turkish city of Izmir. He faces two separate terms of 15 and 20 years in prison if convicted.
Turkey is heading for early elections on June 24. The winner of the crucial vote will wield extraordinary power, which is exactly what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants, says DW's Seda Serdar.
In an interview with DW, Sevim Dagdelen said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was deliberately creating tension ahead of the vote in June. The snap elections are being held during an extended state of emergency.
Selahattin Demirtas, the incarcerated co-leader of the left-wing pro-Kurdish People's Democracy (HDP) party, will not stand for re-election. Now a successor must be found as the party seeks a fresh start.
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