Turkish opposition leader attacked in parliament

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has been attacked by an unknown individual at the Turkish parliament building in Ankara.

Turkish opposition leader attacked in parliament

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (CHP) has been attacked by an unknown individual of people at the Turkish parliament building in Ankara.

Kilicdaroglu was reportedly punched in the faced before being rushed away from the scene to receive treatment. The attacker was later arrested and are currently in custody.

The name of the attacker was later revealed to be Orhan Oven, who is known to have committed up to 16 offences according to his criminal record. Details about the individual's motive are yet to be determined.

At first it was believed that the attacker was a member of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), but this accucastion was denied by BDP members. It is now being claimed that he belongs to an ultra-nationalist movement.

Shortly after the attack, Kilicdaroglu appeared - apparently unharmed - to give his weekly speech to his party members.

Turkish PM condemns attack

The punching of Turkey's opposition leader in parliament on Tuesday was strongly condemned by Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish PM following his group meeting at the parliament spoke to the journalists.

"This is not a corrrect way of behavior in a democratic parliamentary system. We never appreciate these kinds of actions and strongly condemn the attack on the opposition leader Kilicdaroglu," said Erdogan.

Stating that all necessary actions will be taken against the attacker, Erdogan then recieved a delegation of Swiss parliamentarians and Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) members at his office in the Parliament.

The meeting was closed to the press and lasted around one hour.

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 16:45
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