Deputy privileges bill loses opposition parties' support

All three opposition parties in Parliament withdrew their support from the bill that would provide a number of privileges to lawmakers

Deputy privileges bill loses opposition parties' support

World Bulletin/News Desk                        

All three opposition parties in Parliament withdrew their support on Friday for a bill submitted recently seeking greater rights and privileges for deputies.

MHP parliamentary group chairman Oktay Vural announced his party's withdrawal on Friday afternoon. Later, the CHP and the BDP released statements withdrawing support as well.

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Nurettin Canikli, meanwhile, said that his party is firm on its stance on the proposal, believing that it was the right move to approve the proposal.

The bill has created controversy among the country's politicians, with some defending and others objecting to the proposals.

The draft was jointly prepared by the MHP, AK Party, CHP and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

If approved in Parliament, the bill will provide a number of benefits to deputies such as exemption from paying traffic fines, right-of-way over other vehicles while driving -- similar to ambulances and police vehicles -- and a lifelong diplomatic passport.

The bill also assures current and former lawmakers the right to possess firearms. Funeral ceremonies for deputies that are held in provinces other than the capital, Ankara, will also be organized by the relevant governor's office, and lawmakers will be treated as high-ranking officials in public facilities, according to the proposed changes.

The proposal has been submitted to the Parliament Speaker's Office and is expected to be forwarded to the relevant commission soon.

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