ANKARA – Two Turkish members of the opposition get their parliamentary seats lost. The parliament decided to do so after the politicians of the pro-Kurdish party HDP were convicted for various criminal offences.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the parliament.
A court had one of the deputies, Selma Irmak, found guilty of membership of a terrorist organisation. They got, according to state news agency Anadolu ten years in prison imposed. Her colleague Osman Baydemir has been sentenced to more than 17 months in prison because he the police would have been offended.
The opposition party got in the elections in 2015 still 59 of the 550 seats in parliament, but since then, all 11 HDP-members of the parliament. That decided, in 2016, the immunity of almost all HDP members of parliament to lift. Therefore, they could be criminally prosecuted.