Erdogan demanding to strip some MPs of immunities

Türkiye Materials 11 April 2016 16:32 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 11

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for immediately depriving a number of MPs from the oppositional Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of their parliamentary immunities, TRT Haber reported Apr. 11.

Erdogan said the presence of the MPs supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group in the parliament is unacceptable.

"Politics and supporting terrorism are incompatible," added Erdogan.

Turkey's Justice Ministry appealed to the parliament on Apr. 1 for deprivation of the HDP head Selahattin Demirtas and other HDP MPs of their parliamentary immunities.

Following the Feb. 17 terrorist attack in Ankara, some MPs from the HDP took part in the funeral of the suicide bomber who was a PKK member.

Earlier, Erdogan demanded the parliament to deprive five MPs from the HDP of their parliamentary immunities.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also criticized the HDP's policy in December 2015 and accused its members of having ties with the PKK.


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