Nation & World News

Push Comes To Shove In Turkey’s Parliament Over Judicial Bill

By Scott Neuman on February 15th, 2014

Passage of a bill to increase the Turkish government’s control over the country’s judicial system on Saturday came down to a real fight in Parliament, literally.

Two members of Parliament were injured — one with a broken nose — during debate over the controversial measure to give the Justice Ministry greater control over the selection of judges. The measure ultimately passed, but not before some minor bloodshed.

The Associated Press reports:

“Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government proposed the bill as it fights a corruption scandal that implicated people close to him.

“Erdogan claims the corruption charges are a conspiracy orchestrated by followers of an Islamic movement which he insists has infiltrated the police and judiciary. The opposition says the bill, which still needs the president’s approval, limits the judiciary’s independence.

“Media reports said one legislator was hospitalized with a broken nose. Another broke a finger.”

The parliamentary brawl comes a day after India’s parliament erupted in a similar conflict over the creation of a new southern state. The Guardian says “angry MPs [came] to blows, pulling out microphones and pepper-spraying the chamber.”

As Indian Business News Live points out, “rough and tumble” politics is nothing new in Turkey, India or elsewhere. It lists “20 notorious fights inside parliaments of the world,” including two so far this year in Ukraine, several in Taiwan over the years, as well as South Korea, Bolivia and Italy.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

LeBron James Will Reportedly Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, according to multiple reports. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami.


Elephant Featured In Film ‘Alexander’ Killed By Thai Poachers

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.


Luis Suarez will wear the number 9 for Barcelona.

Liverpool Unloads ‘The Biter,’ Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan punished for biting an opponent during the World Cup, is moving to Barcelona. The team reached terms with Liverpool in a transfer widely reported at more than $128 million.


German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying.

Germany Calls For ‘Honest Foundation’ In Relations With U.S.

The remarks by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier follow fresh allegations of U.S. spying on Germany as well as Berlin’s request that the top U.S. intelligence official in the country leave.


Ukrainian soldiers man a checkpoint about 30 miles from Donetsk, Thursday. Government officials said Friday that a rocket attack had killed as many as 30 soldiers.

Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants

Separatists in the east used a rocket-launching system in an attack that one officials said killed as many as 30 government troops. The strike comes after days of steady gains by Ukrainian forces.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments