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Peoples' Democratic Party skips parliament in protest

Turkey’s Peoples' Democratic Party( HDP) MPs no show at parliamentary works after its mayors suspended over suspected terrorist links.
22.10.2019 - 18:01

Turkey's opposition People's Democratic Party (HDP) has decided to skip parliament's sessions in protest of a government move Tuesday to appoint caretakers to assume the office of mayor in at least four towns in eastern and southeastern Turkey.


"We will not participate in the parliamentary works for three days," Sezai Temelli, HDP co-leader, told his party's lawmakers.

Turkey appointed on Tuesday acting district mayors in Van and Diyarbakir provinces after mayors were suspended over suspected links to terrorism.

In Van, District Governor Nuri Mehmetbeyoglu was appointed as the acting mayor of Ercis district after Yildiz Cetin of HDP was arrested as part of an ongoing terrorism investigation, the provincial governorate said.

Cetin is standing trial over the charges of terror group membership and spreading terror propaganda.

Later in Diyarbakir, district governors of Kayapinar, Bismil, and Kocakoy were appointed as the acting mayors after Keziban Yilmaz, mayor of Kayapinar, Orhan Ayaz, mayor of Bismil, and Rojda Nazlier, mayor of Kocakoy, -- all from the HDP -- were arrested on Monday as part of an ongoing terrorism investigation.