Turkish parliament debate devolves into brawl

Last updated 07:01 24/01/2014

Relevant offers

Europe

Italian baker allowed to pay child support in pizza Dog reunited with owners after being trapped in well for two weeks Italian cheese makers sue TV show for insulting their product Families told to avoid travel to France as strikes cause fuel shortages, flight delays Serial killer Joanna Dennehy 'plotted to escape by using severed fingers' Neanderthal cave rings are mankind's first structures British spy chiefs' mission to recruit female spooks Christopher Nilan vows to keep stalking TV reporter when probation ends Driver in road rage crash that left two girls paralysed faces prison Last call for owners to claim cars left in 1974 Cyprus war

A brawl has occurred in Turkey's parliament during a debate over the corruption scandal that has ensnared Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, and an opposition legislator was punched in the face and hospitalised.

The scuffles erupted on Thursday (local time) as parliament prepared to resume debate on a much-criticised draft bill that would tighten the government's control over the judiciary as it fights the corruption probe, which has become one of the most serious threats to its decade in power.

The opposition says the measure would allow Erdogan to quash corruption inquiries.

Hundreds of police officials and dozens of prosecutors already have been removed from key positions, including some involved in the corruption probe.

Opposition legislators stormed out of the assembly to protest the violence.

The debate was adjourned until Friday.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content