Figen Yüksekdağ

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Figen Yüksekdağ
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Chairwoman of the Peoples' Democratic Party
In office
22 June 2014 9 March 2017
Preceded by Ertuğrul Kürkçü
& Sebahat Tuncel
Succeeded by Serpil Kemalbay
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
7 June 2015 21 February 2017
Constituency Van (June 2015, Nov 2015)
Leader of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed
In office
29 January 2010 7 September 2014
Preceded byparty established
Succeeded by Sultan Ulusoy
Personal details
Born
Figen Yüksekdağ

(1971-12-19) 19 December 1971 (age 47)
Adana, Turkey
Political party Socialist Party of the Oppressed
(2010–2014)
Peoples' Democratic Party
(2014–present)

Figen Yüksekdağ Şenoğlu [1] [2] (born 19 December 1971) is a Turkish politician and journalist, who was a former co-leader of the left-wing Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey from 2014 to 2017, serving alongside Selahattin Demirtaş. She was a Member of Parliament for Van since the June 2015 general election until her parliamentary membership was revoked by the courts on 21 February 2017. [3] Her party membership and therefore her co-leadership position were revoked by the courts on 9 March 2017 following a six-year prison sentence for allegedly distributing terrorist propaganda. [4]

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Life and work

Figen Yüksekdağ grew up as the ninth of ten children in a rural household in the village Gölovası, Yumurtalık, in the Adana electoral district. She describes her family as devout, conservative and nationalistic. Nevertheless, her father made a point that his daughters were studying and were successful. During her time in high school, she began to engage in political activities and joined the labor movement. When she was arrested on an International Workers' Day demonstration, this led to conflicts in the family. At the age of 18 she left home and went to Istanbul; later the relationship to her family normalized again. [5] [6]

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Political career

She was an independent parliamentary candidate for the Adana electoral district in the 2002 general election. She was involved in women's rights movements for several years before becoming the editor of the Socialist Woman magazine. While serving on the board of the Atılım newspaper, she was taken into custody in 2009 due to her political activity. She cofounded the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) [7] shortly after in 2010 and resigned as leader in 2014 to join the HDP, with which the ESP merged later the same year. [8] In June 2014 Yüksekdağ was elected the co-leader of the HDP together with Selahattin Demirtas. [9] She was elected as an MP on the 7 June 2015. She got stripped of the parliamentary immunity in May 2016 and arrested on the 3 November 2016 because she allegedly did not cooperate in terror related investigations. [10] On 21 February 2017 she got dismissed as an MP and on the 9 March 2017 the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled she was no longer a member of the HDP. [11] On 11 April 2017 she got sentenced to 1 year in prison for terror propaganda. [12]

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References

  1. ESP Genel Başkanı; Figen Yüksekdağ
  2. EZİLENLERİN SOSYALİST PARTİSİ (ESP) Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. http://www.milliyet.com.tr/figen-yuksekdag-in-milletvekilligi-siyaset-2400426/
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