Opposition withdraws censure motion against Turkish PM

Pro-Kurdish opposition party says parliamentary debate on censure clashes with meeting on local elections in Agri

Opposition withdraws censure motion against Turkish PM

World Bulletin/News Desk

censure motion brought by the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming the Soma mine disaster rescue mission had been "conducted irresponsibly" has been withdrawn.

Hasip Kaplan, a party deputy, said Wednesday that the move came after the party decided it would hold discussions on the June 1 re-run of local elections at a party meeting in Agri province on May 30 -- the same day the motion would have been debated at the Turkish parliament.

The fact the motion debate would also not have been broadcast to the public lay behind the decision.

Kaplan said: "Parliament television does not broadcast on Fridays.

"For these reasons, we have withdrawn the censure motion."

Election 'irregularities'

Local elections in the eastern city of Agri are being held again Sunday after rival parties' claims of "irregularities" in the March 30 polls were upheld by the provincial election body.

Kaplan also said his party would decide later whether to submit another censure motion against Erdogan.

The Soma coal mine disaster on May 13 claimed the lives of 301 miners, making it the worst mining disaster in Turkey’s history.

It surpassed the death toll in a 1992 firedamp (a gas which occurs naturally in coal seams) explosion in the mining town of Zonguldak on Turkey's Black Sea coast, in which 263 miners died. 

A total of 485 miners were rescued from the Soma mine, Turkish energy minister has said.

Eight remain under arrest as part of an investigation into the mine disaster.

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