Balkans: November 3, 2002


Is it archaic? Yes, but its an electoral fact in Turkey and its one reason Kurdish parties dont get seats in the Turkish parliament. Turkey has a proportional voting system which gives rural areas more power, vote for vote, than urban areas. A political party needs at least ten percent of the vote cast nationally to get any seats in parliament. Thats hard for a regional party like the Kurdish Democratic Peoples Party (DEHAP) to manage.




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