Turkey removes two more pro-Kurdish parliamentarians

Two more members of parliament of Turkey’s main the pro-Kurdish opposition, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), have been removed from their posts, bringing the total number of HDP parliamentarians to have lost their jobs to 11, alternative news source Bianet said.

Selma Irmak and Osman Baydemir were relieved of their duties on Thursday after being convicted of terror organisation membership and insulting the police respectively.

The HDP, the third biggest party after 2015, elections now only has 48 seats in parliament. Its members left the chamber in protest.

Figen Yüksekdağ, Nursel Aydoğan, Besime Konca, Ferhat Encü, İbrahim Ayhan and Ahmet Yıldırım lost their seats due to criminal convictions, and Faysal Sarıyıldız, Tuğba Hezer Öztürk and Leyla Zana due to absenteeism while in police detention.