Davutoglu signs a motion on lifting MPs’ immunity

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: “I have personally signed a motion seeking to stripe of immunity MPs supporting terrorism and terrorists”.

12 April 2016 15:02

At a congress of the Justice and Development Party, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a statement about lifting parliamentary immunity:

“Last week, we signed a proposal on amendments to the Constitution. The idea behind the proposal is that MPs supporting terrorism and terrorists can be stripped of their immunity. The proposal was signed by everybody, including myself. In fact, I was the last to sign it. Today or tomorrow, our deputies’ proposal will be submitted to the Parliament for approval. And then we will see who is afraid of their immunity being lifted and who is not.”

It was reported earlier that Turkish President Recep Erdogan wholly supports the idea of stripping of immunity MPs supporting terrorists.

As of now, the Turkish Justice Ministry has filed 12 motions seeking to strip 8 members of the People’s Democracy Party and People’s Republican Party of their immunity. Among those the Ministry has filed motions against is Chairman of the Democratic People’s Party Selahattin Demirtash.