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How voters, not politicians, could be the losers in Turkey's November elections

Continued fighting in Turkey is raising security and transparency concerns about the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The Nov. 1 parliamentary elections will have direct bearing on the democratization of Turkey, the course the country will adopt and how the spiral of violence that has swept the country since July 20 will evolve. But the primary issues about the elections are how to ensure security in the 22 predominantly Kurdish provinces in eastern and southeastern Turkey, and whether the election results will reflect the free will of voters.

The real contest in those provinces will be between the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The HDP had major success in the June 7 elections but couldn’t become the key representative of Kurdish politics, under the shadow of the armed power of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the dominant AKP, which seems to be backed by the state security forces.

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