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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has applied to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) Speakership for the imprisoned MPs to be able to vote in the speakership election to be held between November 17-21.
It was stressed in the petition submitted by HDP Deputy Group Chairs Ahmet Yıldırım and Figen Yüksekdağ that imprisoned MPs’ rights and duties still continue.
Stating that the jailed MPs cannot attend the legislative activities, thus cannot exercise their rights secured by the constitution and the TBMM bylaw, the petition noted that taking away imprisoned MPs’ rights to attend legislative activities and to vote without a legal ground means violation of constitutional, domestic and international legislations.
“Our MPs being kept in prison have to be able to vote in the speakership election to be held at the parliament.
“In case the conditions for the MPs to vote are not provided, it is obvious that this will cause a contravene in the constitution’s relevant articles".
Nine imprisoned HDP MPs
Selahattin Demirtaş - HDP Co-Chair
Figen Yüksekdağ - HDP Former Co-Chair (She was relieved of her MP and HDP duties on February 21, 2017)
İdris Baluken - Diyarbakır MP
Selma Irmak - Hakkari MP
Gülser Yıldırım - Mardin MP
Ferhat Encü - Şırnak MP
Abdullah Zeydan - Hakkari MP
Çağlar Demirel - Diyarbakır MP
Burcu Çelik - Muş MP
In addition to HDP MPs, Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul MP Enis Berberoğlu has been in prison as well since June 14, 2017 as part of the MİT (National Intelligence Agency) Trucks case.
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