Turkey prosecutor's office petitions to Constitutional Court to dissolve pro-Kurdish parliamentary party

The Turkish prosecutor's office has petitioned to the country’s Constitutional Court with a request to dissolve the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Anadolu news agency reported.

The petition notes that the statements and actions of the members of this political force "were aimed at dividing the [Turkish] state and the people."

Ankara believes that this party, being represented in parliament, still maintains ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—which is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey—, and may act as its political wing.

In the 2018 parliamentary elections, the HDP had won 11.7 percent of the votes and gained 67 seats in parliament, making it the third largest political force being represented in the Turkish legislature.