Burkay Elected Leader of HAK-PAR
Kemal Burkay, a Kurdish political activist and poet who returned to Turkey last year from Sweden, where he had been in exile since the 1980 coup d'état, has been elected the new leader of the pro-Kurdish Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR).

The fifth extraordinary party congress of HAK-PAR was held at the Kocatepe Culture Center in Ankara on Sunday. HAK-PAR's former leader, Bayram Bozyel, did not seek re-election at the congress in which Burkay and Mehdi Sarıkaya were the sole candidates for party leadership. Burkay received 274 votes while Bozyel received only one.

After his election, Burkay called on the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to lay down its weapons, saying that the use of weapons is an obstacle for the settlement of Turkey's long-standing Kurdish problem. "We will solve the Kurdish problem together with the Turkish people," he said.

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Various of party congress at Kocatepe Culture Center

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