Hak-Par to rework Kurdish identity at congress

  • The New Anatolian
  • 11/11/2006 00:00:00

Ankara -- This weekend will see key gatherings of two parties from far apart on the political spectrum: the Party for Rights and Freedoms' (HAK-PAR) second congress on Sunday, one day after the ruling party's general congress.

At the Hak-Par congress, a redefinition of the party's Kurdish identity is expected, as well as the election of a new leader. Following Hak-Par leader Abdulmelik Firat's stepping down due to health problems, deputy leader Bayram Bozyel announced his intention to run for the top job. It has been reported that deputy leader Ibrahim Guclu may also be seeking the job. There is, however, no great ideological difference between the two members.

Both support federalization proposals and changes to bylaws and programs, discussions of which are expected to mark the second party grand congress to be held at the Ankara Kocatepe Culture Center on Sunday at 10 p.m.

An important point to be raised at the meeting is expected to be calls for acceptance of Kurdish as a second official language, according to the Anka news agency.

'Turkey should change'

Changes to bylaws and programs that were discussed by the party before the first general congress held in 2004 are expected to come up again. Bozel and his supporters will present a proposal entitled "Turkey Should Change," which aims to restructure the state under a democratic federation system, saying this would guarantee equality between Turks and Kurds. On the other hand, Ibrahim Guclu and his supporters are expected to cite political systems in the European Union and the federal structure of Iraq as examples for Turkey. "Kurdistan should have its own federal parliament," Guclu said.. "Naturally, the organization of the state should be from bottom to top ... Kurdish should become the second official language, and the party should be reorganized around a new Kurdish identity.

  • The New Anatolian
  • 11/11/2006 00:00:00