A highly anticipated "democratization package" that has elicited soaring expectations on the part of Kurds, Alevis, Roma and non-Muslim minorities will be announced today by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hurriyet reported.
The package is deemed as the "continuation of a silent revolution" by party officials, with repercussions expected on both the local and international level.
The package will be announced with a large press conference in Ankara and will be translated into English and Arabic. Although government officials have dismissed any link between the package and the ongoing Kurdish resolution process, the reaction of Kurds to the package will have a particular importance, since the package was evaluated as a potential milestone in the peace process launched last year in an effort to end the three-decade-old conflict.
Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) , will watch the announcement live from Imralı, where he is held captive, while members of the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) and some deputies from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will tune in from the Kandil headquarters of the PKK in northern Iraq.
However, the leaks about the contents of the package have failed to satisfy the Kurdish front, with BDP co-chair Gültan Kışanak voicing pessimism as recently as the weekend.
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