Man seeking employment attempts suicide in Turkish Parliament

A man attempted to commit suicide on Wednesday in Turkish Parliament after meeting with several deputies to seek employment, Birgün daily reported.

The incident took place when the man consumed a bottle of pills in the room of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy from Turkey’s eastern province of Van, Osman Nuri Gülaçar, Birgün said.

Parliamentary medical staff immediately intervened, it said.

The report follows a string of collective suicides in Turkey, including one incident involving a child, over the past few weeks. A few of the victims left behind notes citing economic hardships. The suicides have triggered a heated debate among the Turkish public on whether the country’s ailing economy had pushed the victims to claim their own lives.

The Turkish economy slipped into recession last year as the lira depreciated 30 percent against the U.S. dollar, along with soaring inflation.

Turkey’s unemployment registered at 14 percent in August, up two percentage points from the previous year, according to the latest data by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK). The country’s youth unemployment rate (15-24 age group) has risen by 6.6 points to 27.4 percent.