Turkey orders arrest of pro-Kurdish party leader

ISTANBUL - Turkey has ordered the arrest of 17 people including pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Serpil Kemalbay over their opposition to Turkey's military operation in Syria, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

The HDP, parliament's second largest opposition party, is scheduled to hold its annual congress in Ankara on Sunday. Its other co-leader Selahattin Demirtas is in jail over alleged links to Kurdish militants.

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