Turkish parliament again postpones debate on security reforms
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's parliament, the Grand National Assembly, for the third time postponed the discussions on a package of reforms aimed at ensuring the Turkish population's safety, the Haber7 news channel reported Feb. 24.
The discussions were postponed because the MPs from the opposition expressed their dissatisfaction with some points of the package.
Earlier it was reported that on Feb. 18 there was a fight in the Grand National Assembly between the MPs from the ruling Justice and Development Party and the oppositional pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party.
The fight occurred during the discussion in the parliament of a reforms package, aimed at ensuring the security of Turkey's population.
Ertugrul Kurkcu, an MP from the Peoples' Democratic Party was injured in the fight.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said a number of reforms would be carried out in Turkey to ensure the population's safety. He said the forthcoming reforms stipulate a ban on holding any rallies aimed against the statehood and threatening the lives of citizens.
Davutoglu said that, in particular, the participants of rallies will be prohibited to cover their faces with special masks, and the use of such masks will be regarded as a threat.
Aside from that, the use of the Molotov cocktail during the rallies, as Davutoglu said, will be set equal to the use of weapon.
He also said the law enforcement agencies of Turkey will see structural changes with regard to the impending exclusion of the gendarmerie from the armed forces.
Following this, a number of opposition parties presented a protest to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, stating that the country is becoming a "police state."
In response, the prime minister said that despite the dissatisfaction of some political parties, the parliament would adopt a package of reforms to ensure the population's safety, which is very important for Turkey.
Edited by SI
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