Parliament strips lawmaker status of two HDP members over absenteeism

Parliament strips lawmaker status of two HDP members over absenteeism

Turkey's Parliament voted Thursday to strip lawmaker status of pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Van deputy Tuğba Hezer Öztürk and Şırnak deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız over non-attendance to parliamentary sessions.

Both Hezer Öztürk and Sarıyıldız have not attended any parliamentary sessions since October 2016, and they are currently abroad due to 26 pending lawsuits on their ties with the PKK terror organization.

Parliament's General Assembly voted for the expulsions based on earlier recommendations from a special joint commission. Öztürk lost her seat by a vote of 324-20, while Sarıyıldız lost his by a 328-29 vote.

The parliament previously stripped former HDP co-chair and Van deputy Figen Yüksekdağ and Diyarbakır deputy Nursel Aydoğan of lawmaker status over definitive court rulings on terror charges.

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