Arýnç: 'Think twice' before joining protest

Parliament Speaker Bülent Arýnç advises those considering participating in a demonstration to protest PM Erdoðan's possible presidency that the organizers are the target of serious allegations.

Arýnç: 'Think twice' before joining protest
Parliament Speaker Bülent Arýnç advises those considering participating in a demonstration to protest Prime Minister Erdoðan's possible presidency that the organizers are the target of serious allegations.

Speaker of Parliament Bülent Arýnç on Thursday reiterated his stance that a legal argument asserting that a quorum of 367 parliamentary deputies was needed to begin the election process for the new president was not grounded in truth. He made the statement at a press conference held specifically for the upcoming presidential election. Arýnç said the period for registration of presidential candidates was to begin on April 16 and end on April 25. The exact dates of the election rounds within Parliament would be determined later at a meeting of the Advisory Council, he told reporters.

"The minimum number of deputies that need to be present for a presidential election is 184. The number 367 was not taken as a requirement in the last three presidential votes. If the 367 argument holds any truth, then that would mean that all previous presidential elections were done incorrectly," said Arýnç. Arýnç also commented on recent statements from Higher Education Council (YÖK) President Erdoðan Teziç regarding the presidential elections.

"YÖK is no longer the house of science. It is simply not right for them to make political statements. That is a big loss for education in Turkey."

Arýnç dismissed all arguments concerning the presidential voting procedure, saying: "We cannot possibly allow any discussions on the legitimacy of a parliamentary decision. Parliament rejects interference from outside. We will elect our 11th president in peace."

Responding to questions on the "Çankaya meeting," a protest rally on April 14 organized by the Kemalist Thought Association (ADD) against the potential presidency of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, Arýnç expressed his opinion that everybody had a right to demonstrate and protest.

"However," he warned: "The Kemalist Thought Organization is organizing this demonstration. This organization is led by retired Gen. Þener Eruygur. A magazine has recently put forth serious allegations about Eruygur," referring to a recent dossier published by Nokta magazine claiming that Eruygur, while in military office, had tried to organize a coup to bring down the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

"I do believe that these allegations are grave," Arýnç continued. "A military coup is the same thing as shutting down Parliament. I, as the speaker of parliament, would like to see these allegations investigated and followed by a judicial decision. Those who are considering attending the demonstration organized by the ADD president, at a time when there are these serious allegations about him, should think twice before participating."

Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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