Turkish Parliament to see historic duel between deputies

Türkiye Materials 25 September 2008 11:14 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat and Republican People's Party's (CHP) parliamentary group deputy chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will settle an argument over mutual corruption allegations live on television today.

Journalist Uğur Dündar will be moderating the debate, which is scheduled for 2:30 pm today. A heated discussion between Fırat and Kılıçdaroğlu over the past week had become increasingly fierce, with the two men exchanging various allegations against each other and each other's parties, reported Worldbulletin.

The last straw for Fırat was when Kılıçdaroğlu claimed that Fırat was involved in drug trafficking.

In response to a question from Today's Zaman, Fırat said he had full confidence in himself. "I have never had anything to do with dark forces or illegal affairs, and I never will."

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan expressed his displeasure over today's duel at Parliament, saying the two men were being unnecessarily hurtful toward each other. He said he had not been formally informed about the live TV discussion, while noting that "it is not like we are going to stop them by police force."