02:16 GMT21 October 2020
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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.

    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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