World Bulletin/News Desk
Fifty deputies who won in early parliamentary elections held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) last month have assumed their seats despite an incident during the swearing-in ceremony in parliament on Monday.
When taking the oath of office with other lawmakers in parliament, deputy Doğuş Derya, the representative of the opposition Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG), read a statement that was different from the official text of the oath, which Derya said has a male-dominated tone that does not reflect pluralism. Her move prompted a harsh reaction from the speaker of parliament and other deputies.
A Democrat Party-National Forces (DP-UG) Girne deputy, Ergün Serdaroğlu, the oldest sitting KKTC parliamentarian and the member who was moderating the session on behalf of the parliamentary executive board, did not allow Derya to finish reading her statement, and the session went into recess.
After a pause of five minutes, the assembly was reconvened and the new members of parliament continued to take the oath. The parliament speaker ruled that Derya's first oath was invalid and requested that she retake the oath. Derya went to the rostrum read the official oath.
As a result of the early elections, 21 members from the CTP-BG, 14 from the National Union Party (UBP), 12 from the DP-UG and 3 from the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) will now serve in parliament.Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2013, 10:40