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Turkish PM sues leading opposition figure over alleged personal insults

Turkish PM sues leading opposition figure over alleged personal insults

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sued Turkey's leading opposition figure for allegedly insulting him during a speech, the state-run news agency reported Friday.
Deniz Baykal had called Erdogan "insolent" earlier this month in a speech to his Republican People's Party, the country's main opposition. He also said Erdogan "could not yet act like a prime minister. He acts like a speaker on a high school debate team."
Erdogan's lawyers said Baykal's words violated the prime minister's personal rights and were "exceptionally heavy insults." They asked for compensation of 25,000 New Turkish Lira (US$17,000; euro12,900).
Erdogan and Baykal have frequent clashes, and the prime minister's lawyers have blanket approval to open cases against those who allegedly insult him, including journalists and opposition politicians.
Earlier this week, a row broke out in parliament when Baykal, alluding to the fact that many of the ruling party's legislators' wives wear Islamic headscarves, said "head scarves can cover their wives' hair, but not the disgraces of their spouses."
Legislators from Erdogan's Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party erupted at the remark, and Erdogan stormed out of the parliament chamber in anger.


Updated : 2020-12-05 14:25 GMT+08:00