"Today's vote is historic. My people do not want legislators who back a separatist terror organization [the Kurdistan Workers’ Party] to sit in Parliament. The ruling [Justice and Development] party, the Nationalist Movement Party say 'They should not be here'," Erdogan told supporters in the northeastern Turkish town of Rize.
The ruling Justice and Development Party-sponsored bill, was mainly opposed by lawmakers from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who are afraid of being prosecuted because of the party's pro-Kurd positions.
Currently, 138 Turkish lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament are under investigation, including 41 HDP legislators.