Turkey election body lifts ban on some Kurdish candidates

By REUTERS
April 22, 2011 00:29

 
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ANKARA - Turkey's electoral board on Thursday reversed a ban on seven of 12 independent candidates in June's parliamentary election which had sparked violent protest in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

The High Election Board said some of the Kurdish candidates it had barred in a ruling on Monday due to criminal convictions had supplied the necessary court documents to have their candidacy reinstated.

Of the seven, six were backed by the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which had threatened to withdraw from the June 12 election if its candidates could not stand.

The High Election Board in a statement upheld its ban on three candidates, one of whom was backed by the BDP, and said it would carry out further assessment of two additional candidates.

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