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Erdogan Renews Call for Stripping Pro-Kurdish MPs of Legislative Immunity

© AFP 2021 / ADEM ALTANParty members stand during the second general assembly of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at Ahmet Taner Kislali Sports Hall in Ankara on January 24, 2016
Party members stand during the second general assembly of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at Ahmet Taner Kislali Sports Hall in Ankara on January 24, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his call for the Turkish parliament to strip deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of their legislative immunity, local media said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In early January, Erdogan called for the HDP's leadership to be stripped of their parliamentary immunity for the "constitutional crime" of calling for more autonomy in the southeastern Anatolia region.

"Motions [to remove the immunity of HDP deputies] should not be let to rot on the shelves of Parliament. Necessary action must be taken," Erdogan said in a speech addressing the heads of rural and neighborhood administrations, as quoted by the Today's Zaman newspaper.

Turkish riot police use a water cannon to disperse Kurdish demonstrators during a protest against a curfew in Sur district and security operations in the region, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey January 17, 2016 - Sputnik International
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HDP's co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdas are also being investigated by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Diyarbakir for inciting revolt and terrorist propaganda in the statements they made at a Democratic Society Congress (DTK) meeting on December 26-27.

The HDP, which holds 59 of the 550 seats in the Turkish parliament, has been accused of having ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a militant group that is seeking independence for Turkey's southeastern Kurdish-dominated regions and considered a terrorist organization by Ankara.

Formed in 2012, the HDP became the first Kurdish-associated political party to reach the 10 percent threshold needed to secure representation in parliament during Turkey's June 2015 elections.

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