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Turkey Pro-Kurdish Party Advised to Lie by Obama Strategists - Erdogan

© REUTERS / Darren WhitesideTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a joint media briefing with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia July 31, 2015
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a joint media briefing with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia July 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) uses lies and slander in their election campaign.

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ANKARA (Sputnik) — A group of US political strategists that consulted President Barack Obama's team during his second presidential campaign has been working with Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), advising them about the use of lies in the pre-election campaign, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Thursday.

"And this team suggested [to the Peoples' Democratic Party] to use lie and slander [in their election campaign]," Erdogan alleged in an interview with Turkey's Kanal 24.

According to assertions by the incumbent Turkish president who is also a candidate in the upcoming elections, US political strategists met with HDP representatives and media groups in Istanbul.

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"When the lie is repeated constantly, it is perceived as the truth," the Turkish leader claimed.

On November 1, early parliamentary elections are expected to take place in Turkey. Previous parliamentary elections took place in June, but a new round is required since the winning parties failed to form a coalition.

The HDP is a left-wing political party, associated with the Kurds, actively defending the rights of all ethnic minorities in Turkey. The HDP has maintained ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a group labeled by Erdogan and several other institutions as a terrorist organization. In June, the HDP became the first Kurdish-associated political party to reach the 10 percent threshold for representation in parliament.

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