Jan 04 2018

Turkey’s opposition complains Erdoğan does not answer questions

Turkey’s main opposition party has complained President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan does not reply to its parliamentary questions.

Murat Emir, a member of parliament for the Republican People’s Party (CHP), was quoted by the left-leaning Evrensel newspaper as saying the rules of the parliament do not deem the president exempt from the such questions, and all the previous heads of state had replied.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that Article 96 of the parliament bylaw does not allow members to address questions to the president, Evrensel said.

The article says that deputies can ask questions to the prime minister and ministers, but does not mention the president.

Emir said the president was required to be neutral, but, he said, Erdoğan was openly taking sides.

“With the ban on our questions, the ruling party appears to see the presidency above the nation’s will, which is the parliament,” he said.