Bar association heads waiting outside parliament, demanding to be included in gov’t bill discussions
Twenty bar association heads have been waiting outside the parliament building, demanding to partake in Justice Commission discussions over a draft bill seeking to decentralize bar associations. The police encircled the area where bar association heads are waiting with safety strips, confining them to an area of less than 20 square meters.
President Erdoğan has said that his ruling AKP government's bill which aims to decentralize bar associations will be submitted to the Parliament on June 30. Meanwhile, the İzmir Bar Association lawyers on June 29 attempted to stage a protest march defying the government's legislation; however, the police prevented them from doing so, placing barricades in front of the bar association's building.
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) is planning a march to protest a draft bill that would divide large cities' bar associations into smaller institutions. 31 bar associations in Turkey have officially opposed the proposed legislation, and some bar heads attempted a march against in earlier in June.
While they are no new demographic, the restless conservatives are getting stronger amongst the ruling People's Alliance electorate and the AKP base in particular. The Erdoğan and AKP that they had supported so buoyantly for the past decade are no longer the same.
The ruling AKP's nationalist ally MHP has said that a change in laws pertaining to elections and political parties is "must" and the legal work regarding this amendment has been already launched. The AKP-MHP plan is expected to make it more difficult for members of parliament to join newly formed opposition parties, mainly DEVA and Future Party.
Muhammet Emin Akbaşoğlu, the group deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is the fourth Turkish lawmaker whose coronavirus test came back positive. Last week, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had announced that three of its deputies tested positive for the virus, without disclosing the identities of the MPs.
The Turkish parliament's General Secretariat said on June 10 that no quarantine would be placed on the institution, despite an employee's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Any employees who could have come in contact with the patient were temporarily replaced, an official statement added.
Erdoğan’s primary goal is to keep the oppositional forces split and not face the massive loss of the June 2015 elections once again, which saw the AKP lose its parliamentary majority. The same applies to the local elections of 2019, where the AKP lost its grip on all the country’s major cities. Erdoğan will resort to any means available to remain president, for good.
MHP deputy throws punch at CHP MP Özel as tensions run high over Berberoğlu’s expulsion from parliament
A deputy from the MHP has thrown a punch at main opposition CHP deputy Özgür Özel at the parliament. The attack on Özel came after the CHP protested the removal of the parliamentary status of Enis Berberoğlu by deliberately slowing down a voting process at the parliament.
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) saved a seat for deputy Enis Berberoğlu, who was recently stripped of his title. A sheet that said Enis Kadri Berberoğlu, a pair of glasses and a pen, along with a copy of the Constitution lay at an empty seat during the CHP group meeting, held under social distancing measures.
Justice Ministry receives proposals seeking to lift immunity of CHP MPs over row with Erdoğan’s aide
Ankara prosecutors have submitted to the Justice Ministry summary of proceedings seeking to have legislative immunity lifted for two main opposition CHP lawmakers for their remarks criticizing Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's controversial construction in Istanbul. If the CHP lawmakers' parliamentary immunity is lifted, then the legal proceedings will go through and the opposition lawmakers will face charges of “insulting a public officer.”
Müzeyyen Yüce reports: Pro-Kurdish HDP demands a parliamentary inquiry regarding lost Kurdish-language documents that disappeared following the establishment of the Turkish Republic. HDP deputy Murat Sarısaç called on parliament to completely open the archives so that Kurdish manuscripts could be properly sorted through and catalogued.
Former AKP deputy Mehmet Metiner said that he and other AKP deputies voted in favor of the Istanbul Convention in 2012 without knowing what they were really giving support to, expressing his regret for giving a "yes" vote.
The Wealth Fund has the freedom of incorporating any profiting institution without needing to be accountable to the parliament. Moreover, with the recent sweeping law that was passed thanks to the epidemic, the government it is now pretty much exempt from all laws including trade, tax, development and human resources.
Turks on April 23 evening took up their places at the windows and balconies of their homes and sang the national anthem to celebrate the National Sovereignty and Children's Day amid the coronavirus outbreak.