Turkish opposition party wants MP sacked over remarks

Republican People's Party refers lawmaker Suheyl Batum to disciplinary board over his statements after resignation of another MP

Turkish opposition party wants MP sacked over remarks

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party has sent MP Suheyl Batum to the party's top disciplinary body Wednesday, demanding his expulsion. 

The decision comes on the heels of the resignation of party's Ankara MP Emine Ulker Tarhan from on October 31. 

Batum, in his controversial remarks, had claimed that there would be more resignations from the party. 

Tarhan has quit, saying the party administration would not change "desperate policies."

Like Tarhan, Batum was one of the lawmakers who had previously called for the party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, to step down following the party-backed candidate’s poor showing in the country's August presidential election.

The party had fielded a joint candidate, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, with other opposition parties in the election, which the ruling Justice and Development Party's Recep Tayyip Erdogan won with 51.79 percent of the vote.

Party spokesman Haluk Koc, said in a written statement that Batum "has directly been acting in a manner damaging to the party's integrity."

Being a law professor, Batum has given lectures in several universities in Turkey. In 2010, he served as the secretary general of the party and was elected as MP in 2011. 

 

Last Mod: 06 Kasım 2014, 00:02
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