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Turkish parliament debate on constitutional changes ends in a brawl

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:03

Scuffles between Turkish lawmakers from opposition parties broke out on Wednesday (January 11) during a debate at a general assembly. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Scuffles between Turkish lawmakers from the ruling AK Party and main opposition Republican's People Party (CHP) broke out on Wednesday (January 11) during a debate at general assembly on constitutional changes that would hand President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers as an executive president. Brawls erupted as a lawmakers from AK Party tried to prevent CHP MP, Fatma Kaplan from filming the voting session with her mobile. Lawmakers from two parties traded kicks and punches as acting parliament speaker adjourned the session. MPs cast their vote for individual articles in an open voting session to ratify the 18-article bill. CHP argues that constitutional changes should be voted in a secret voting session according to the constitution. Under the reform, President Erdogan will be able to appoint and dismiss government ministers, take back the leadership of the ruling party, and govern until 2029. The bill needs the support of at least 330 deputies in the 550-seat assembly to go to a referendum, expected in the spring. The AKP has 316 deputies eligible to vote and the MHP 39.

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Turkish parliament debate on constitutional changes ends in a brawl

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:03