Brawl in Turkish parliament between Kurds and pro-AKP

MPs scuffled twice last week

02 May, 19:45

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MAY 2 - Following two brawls in the Turkish parliament last week that led to its closure until Monday, MPs today once again got into a physical altercation. Local media said that the fighting had broken out in a commission tasked with constitutional reform, when Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag accused opposition groups of being to blame for the clashes the previous week and an MP from the pro-Kurdish HDP party, Garo Paylan, in turn accused the minister of defamation.

    Scuffles then broke out and some MPs threw water bottles at each other. The parliamentary session was suspended. The shutting down of Parliament last week also slowed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party, the AKP, in its rush to get legislation passed that is required to meet EU criteria for the lifting of visas for Turkish citizens visiting the EU, on which the European Commission will on Wednesday express an opinion. (ANSAmed).

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