Turkish parliament votes in favour of lifting immunity for members

The Turkish parliament voted with a two-thirds majority in favour of lifting the immunity of 138 members of parliament, including nearly all the pro-Kurdish legislators.

The two-thirds majority means the matter passes as a constitutional amendment. Voting against the measure were 138 members, according to the official live feed of parliament. Some members abstained.

A second step in voting is still needed to confirm when exactly immunity will be lifted for the legislators, who come from the four parties in parliament and all have police dossiers opened against them.

The measure is widely seen as targeting the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a key rival of President Recep Tayyip Erodgan. Turkey has a history of banning Kurdish parties.

Last update: Wed, 22/06/2016 - 15:01
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