It was the Kurds that destroyed the AKP majority, not Erdogan’s plans for change

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Turkey, World Politics

Such disillusionment became clear following the battle that raged in Kobane which was seen as tactless political maneuvering by Erdogan who sought to capitalize on the leadership struggle within the Kurdish ranks, by inviting Masoud Barzani and the Peshmerga of Iraq to save the town so as to damage Abdullah Ocalan’s standing amongst the Kurdish community. The result of this was that the HDP found resonance amongst the Kurdish community when it declared that Erdogan was self-interested and seeking only to preserve his own power. Such rhetoric that would not have succeeded in 2011 mobilized large sections of the Kurds to rally around Demirtas who has come to embody Kurdish hopes of a successful resolution to the peace process.