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by David Stepanyan
Having tired of the Turkish opposition, Erdogan is trying to form a new opposition made of the Kurds, Turkologist Artak Shakaryan, said at today's press-conference.
"The Turkish premier seems to think that in his intention to become a president, it will be easier to him to make an arrangement with the Kurds than the Kemalist opposition. So, through strengthening of the Kurds, Erdogan will gain their support in the forthcoming reformation of the Constitution, which will give him a chance to become the president. At the same time, there is no guarantee that in case of becoming the president, Erdogan will not impose more pressure upon the Kurds", - he emphasized.
So, Shakaryan thinks that weakening of the present opposition is not beneficial to the national minorities of Turkey, as president Erdogan may become unpredictable and dangerous. He thinks that the package of democratic reforms presented by Erdogan is working just for attraction of the Kurdish electorate, as the package supposes extension of the language rights of national minorities, making alterations to the electoral system in favor of small political parties, etc. "As for the Kurds, the reforms will give them an opportunity to teach their children Kurdish language and give them Kurdish names", - the Turkologist concluded.