Turkey’s oppositional party member refuses deputy mandate in connection with mine tragedy

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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

A member of Turkey's oppositional People's Republican Party, MP, Sabahat Akkiraz has refused her deputy mandate as a sign of protest against the mine accident in the country, Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported on May 19.

The mine accident in the Soma city of Turkey's Manisa province resulted in 301 people being killed and 486 more injured.

The Turkish police have detained some 25 people in connection with the mine accident in the city of Soma.

The chairman of the Board of Directors of the "Soma Holding" company, which is the owner of the mine where the accident occurred, is among the detainees.

To date, five employees of the company have been incriminated.

The Soma Holding will pay some 350 million liras (rate on May 19 is 2.0981 TRY/USD) of compensation to the families of those killed as a result of the mine accident.

In total, there are 740 coal mines and 48,706 miners in Turkey.

Over 3,000 people have been killed and over 100,000 have received various injuries since 1941 to the present day in the mining accidents in Turkey. This is while some 10.4 percent of the total number of the work accidents occurs at mines in the country.

In the first four months of 2014, some 1,235 people have been killed as a result of the work-related accidents in Turkey, 103 of them females.

The previous worst mine accident in Turkey's history occurred in the province of Zonguldak in 1992, killing 263 workers.

Edited by C.N.

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