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Ahmet Türk

Ahmet Türk
Personal details
Born (1942-07-02) July 2, 1942
Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Other political
Democratic Society Party (DTP)
Occupation Politician

Ahmet Türk (born 2 July 1942 in Derik, Mardin Province, Turkey) is a Kurdish nationalist[1][2][3] politician in Turkey. He was the chairman of the former pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) in Turkey and was a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. On December 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Turkey voted to ban the DTP, accusing it of connection with PKK.[4] Türk was expelled from the Grand National Assembly, and 36 other party members were banned from joining any political party for five years.[5]

Ahmet Turk lost his father when he was ten years old. His older brother was deputy of the Justice Party until he was murdered. Ahmet Türk, at the age of 31, then took over the leadership of the Kanco clan.

Ahmet Turk’s father Haci Sinan was a lumberjack in the service of his late father Hüyesin Kanco, a commander of the Hamidieh. With the adoption of the surname law in Turkey, the family took the surname of Türk. Ahmet Türk is the child of the second wife of Haci Sinan.


  1. ^ Robert W. Olson (ed.), "The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in the 1990s: Its Impact on Turkey and the Middle East", University Press of Kentucky, 1996, ISBN 9780813108964, p. 144. ... obliged to integrate Kurdish nationalists (namely Ahmet Turk and Nurettin Yilmaz) both locally and nationally.
  2. ^ Morton Abramowitz, Turkey's Transformation and American Policy, Century Foundation Press, 2000, ISBN 9780870784538, p. 64. one of Turkey's leading Kurdish nationalist politicians bears the name Ahmet Turk
  3. ^ Gareth H. Jenkins, The AKP's New Dialogue with Öcalan: A Process but which Process ?, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Silkroad Studies Program, vol. 6 no. 1, 16 January 2013, Johns Hopkins University. On January 3, 2013, the Turkish authorities allowed two Kurdish nationalist members of parliament, Ahmet Türk and Ayla Akat Ata, to visit Öcalan on İmralı.
  4. ^ "Turkish court bans pro-Kurd party". BBC News. 2009-12-11. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  5. ^ Hacaoglu, Selcan (2009-12-11). "Turkey bans pro-Kurdish party over ties to rebels". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
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