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2018 Selahattin Demirtaş presidential campaign

Selahattin Demirtaş was officially announced as the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) on 4 May 2018, after members of the party had hinted at his candidacy weeks in advance.[1] Party leader Pervin Buldan declared that Demirtaş, a jailed former co-chair of the HDP, would be leading a five-party "Kurdish alliance" into the general election.[2]

Selahattin Demirtaş for President
Campaigned for2018 Turkish presidential election
CandidateSelahattin Demirtaş
Former chairman of the HDP (2014-2018)
Presidential candidate for the 2014 presidential election (2014)
The former leader of the BDP (2010-2014)
25 Apr 2018
Official nominee
4 May 2018


Selahattin Demirtaş's campaign being launched outside Edirne prison where he is incarcerated, 25 May

Foreign policyEdit

On European Union–Turkey relations, Demirtaş is known for his long-time support for Turkey’s EU accession process, focusing on the pledge to uphold human rights, local democracy, separation of powers and the rule of law as the main tenets of his future presidency. He distinguishes himself from other candidates in his unwavering criticism of what he sees as Brussels' neo-liberal economic agenda.[3]

Election ResultEdit

e • d  Summary of the 24 June 2018 presidential election in Turkey
Candidate Party Votes
# % ±
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Justice and Development Party (AKP) 26,330,823 52.59 +0.80
Muharrem İnce Republican People's Party (CHP) 15,340,321 30.64 New
Selahattin Demirtaş Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 4,205,794 8.40 −1.36
Meral Akşener İyi Party (İYİ) 3,649,030 7.29 New
Temel Karamollaoğlu Felicity Party (SP) 443,704 0.89 New
Doğu Perinçek Patriotic Party (VP) 98,955 0.20 New
Invalid/blank votes 1,129,275
Total 51,188,524 100.00
Registered voters/turnout 59,354,840 86.24 +12.11
Source: Hürriyet

Party RepresentationEdit


  1. ^ Supported by the left-wing political parties and groups of the HDK


  1. ^ "HDP'li yetkililer: Demirtaş, ceza çıksa da çıkmasa da aday olacak". Sputnik News. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ "HDP nominates imprisoned former leader Demirtaş for presidency". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ Doğa Ulaş Eralp (30 May 2018). "What do Turkey's other presidential candidates think about the EU?". Ahval.