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Video: Kurdish tribes withdraw support for Erdogan’s party as Turkey votes in general election

FRANCE 24 | Didan, a Kurdish tribe in Turkey, will not be voting for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party for the first time in 13 years

As voters head to the polls Sunday to vote in Turkey’s general election, Kurdish tribes have withdrawn their support for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party over its policy of non-intervention in neighbouring Syria.

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Nearly six months after Kurdish fighters forced the Islamic State (IS) group out of the Syrian town of Kobane, the nearby Turkish village of Boydi still bears the battle scars.

Among the homes damaged in Boydi during the fighting was that of Hanefi Tilge, leader of the local Kurdish Didan tribe.

“We expected some help at least. [The IS group] was attacking us and the government said nothing. We're Kurds, so Erdogan wasn't on our side,” he told FRANCE 24.

As Didan’s leader, Tilge decides which political party his tribe of 3,000 will vote for.

For the first time in 13 years, he has decided that they will no longer support Erdogan’s AKP party.

Instead, they will be voting for the pro-Kurdish HDP party, like many other tribes in southeastern Turkey.

To watch FRANCE 24’s full report on this story, click ‘play’ on the video above.

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