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Kurds in postelection Turkey: Silver lining or tough times?

The Kurdish peace process, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once described as frozen but not dead, is not likely to thaw soon.
Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), talks to the media before casting his ballot at a polling station during a general election in Istanbul, Turkey November 1, 2015.  Turks began voting on Sunday amid worsening security and economic worries in a snap parliamentary election that could profoundly impact the divided country's trajectory and that of President Tayyip Erdogan. The parliamentary poll is the second in five months, after the ruling AK Party founded by

One of the most respected thinkers of the liberal left in Turkey, Murat Belge, assessed the outcome of the Nov. 1 elections in his column in the daily Taraf: "From June to November, we passed through an absurd half-year. ... All the loss of life became the most bitter item in the balance sheet of that lost half-year. At the end of half a year, in terms of the Kurdish question, we are at the worst point that could be imagined.”

Such a gloomy assessment does not nurture some people's optimistic idea that maybe the election results had a silver lining: that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ever-confident Justice and Development Party (AKP) could manifest more flexibility and resume the Kurdish peace process. After all, Erdogan had stated that the peace process was in a deep freeze, but not dead. Therefore, when the circumstances allow, it could be revived and those election results that favored him so much could be helpful.

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