Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party to Appeal Law Stripping Lawmakers of Immunity

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The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party of Turkey is due to appeal a law stripping the country's lawmakers of immunity from prosecution, the party's co-chair said Friday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a ceremony on the occasion of 171st anniversary of foundation of the Turkish National Police at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on April 7, 2016. - Sputnik International
Erdogan: Adoption of Bill to Strip Lawmakers of Immunity 'Historic'
ANKARA (Sputnik) — The bill was approved by the Turkish parliament earlier in the day.

"Lawmakers represent the people's choice, and nobody can encroach on it. We will use every opportunity to challenge the decision of the parliament, including in the Constitutional Court," Selahattin Demirtas told reporters in Ankara.

The Turkish Prosecutor's Office has submitted proposals to the country's parliament to strip of immunity from prosecution as many as 138 lawmakers, the majority of whom represent two main opposition parties, namely the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party and the left-wing Republican People’s Party. Demirtas is among those facing a criminal prosecution.

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