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Turkey reaches consensus over jailed deputies

Turkey reaches consensus over jailed deputies

Turkey's ruling party and the main opposition party have reached consensus to relax court rulings that have kept some newly elected lawmakers in jail on suspicion of plotting against the government.
The ruling Justice and Development Party and the opposition Republican People's Party issued a joint statement Monday, saying "the laws must be interpreted in a way to expand freedoms."
Republican lawmakers immediately ended their boycott and began taking their oaths in Parliament. Two of the party's deputies are in jail for allegedly plotting to bring down the Islamic-rooted government along with another lawmaker from the opposition Nationalist Action Party.
A Kurdish party, however, is still boycotting the parliament. Five of its lawmakers are jailed for alleged links to Kurdish rebels.


Updated : 2020-12-02 09:12 GMT+08:00