wave of social unrest.
Some 376 out of 550 deputies
voted in favor of the motion in the second and final vote on May 20,
comfortably passing the required 367 majority to have it approved
without the need to go to a referendum. The first and second clauses of the amendment were accepted in the second round of voting, with 373 and 374 votes respectively.
by the 316-seat ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and heavily
backed by the 40-seat Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the draft
received 357 votes in the first round of vote as the Republican People’s
Party (CHP) and the HDP deputies did not vote in favor.
However, it is believed that around 20 lawmakers from the CHP voted in favor of the motion in the second round in order not to cause a referendum that would jeopardize the societal order.
Bülent Turan, deputy parliamentary
group leader of the AKP, congratulated all lawmakers for the approval of
the move and said some CHP
lawmakers voted in favor of it because they were concerned about going
to a referendum. “It’s not appropriate to compare today’s move with
1990s,” Turan said, in reference to the arrest of four Kurdish lawmakers
after their immunities were removed at parliament.
co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş repeated their decision that no HDP
lawmaker would go voluntarily to the office of prosecutors to give
testimony. DP also said that it would take the issue to the Constitutional Court.
Just before the conclusion of the vote in parliament, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a speech in Black Sea
province of Rize that the people did not want “criminal” lawmakers in
the legislature, so he was expecting lawmakers vote in favor of the
approval of the move, a legal process on 139 lawmakers with 682
different dossiers will begin after Erdoğan’s approval of the bill and
its publication in the Official Gazette. The number of the dossiers will
increase to 787 as the remaining 105 cases will be sent to parliament.
More than 200 of these dossiers concern terror-related crimes, according
to Justice Ministry officials.