Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

MPs brawl in Turkish parliament

Ruling party MPs and the members of the main opposition fight each other in Turkey's parliament (AP)

A brawl has broken out in Turkey's parliament during a debate over the corruption scandal that has plagued Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

An opposition MP was punched in the face and taken to hospital after the scuffles.

Parliament was preparing to resume debate on a much-criticised draft bill that would tighten the government's control over the judiciary as it fights the corruption probe, which has become one of the most serious threats to its decade in power.

The opposition says the measure would allow Mr Erdogan to quash corruption inquiries.

Hundreds of police officials and dozens of prosecutors already have been removed from key positions, including some involved in the corruption probe.

Opposition MPs stormed out of the assembly to protest at the violence.

The debate was adjourned until tomorrow.

AP

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