CHP Lawmakers refuse Oath of Office in Protest

Turkey’s newly elected Parliament convened on Tuesday, but 169 deputies refused to take their oaths of office in response to court rulings that barred 8 of their colleagues, currently in jail on terrorism-related charges, from joining the assembly.

Thirty-five pro-Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the opening, and 134 members from the Republican People’s Party, the main opposition, took their seats but refused to be sworn in. They said the court rulings, which were issued last week, were undemocratic… (click here for rest, and here for more)

3 Responses to “CHP Lawmakers refuse Oath of Office in Protest”

  1. Who ever said court rulings should be democratic?

  2. In case anyone forgot, this is what happened the last time Dicle, Zana et. al. were in the parliament (that time SHP got them in).
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    http://www.nethaber.com/video/7768/hatip-diclenin-kriz-yaratan-yemini.html
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    I am not also so sure about Kurkcu, Onder and the other [non-BDP 'block candidate'] leftists or Altan Tan will take this oath w/o saying other stuff. If they start attending at all, that is.
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    There are a whole series of these ‘oath’ incidents I’ll link to next.

  3. These seem to be the series where the Net Haber video has been spliced from:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuKWxZIEGkM
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    That’s the first in the series, the others are there too. These are all newer ones. I also remember watching some MP from the ‘right’ in a ceremony in the 70′s saying ‘halklarin degil halkin’ (‘not the peoples but the people’) just to spice things up (back then CHP was considered too left and too weak on separatism etc. so he was provoking CHP MPs by referring to the ‘halklara ozgurluk’ slogan of the far left).

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