Demirtas: 'Kurdish Obama' the man to beat in Turkey vote

Selahattin Demirtas (C), leader of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP), attends protest against Turkish government's crackdown on media outlets on October 28, 2015 in IstanbulSelahattin Demirtas, the charismatic leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, is the man in the spotlight after he scored a stunning election breakthrough in June. Nicknamed the “Kurdish Obama” for his smooth rhetorical skills, Demirtas propelled his Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) into mainstream politics with a message that embodies the hopes of Turkey’s biggest minority but also appeals to non-Kurds.

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