Turkish parliament strips two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of status

Osman Baydemir and Selma Irmak of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were removed from office over recent criminal convictions
Thursday, 19 April 2018 22:04

Two more lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were stripped of their deputy statuses on April 19. 

Turkey’s Şanlıurfa lawmaker Osman Baydemir and Hakkari lawmaker Selma Irmak lost their seats after the final verdict of court cases against them was read aloud in the Turkish Parliament.

The latest move by the parliament came after a court found lawmakers Osman Baydemir, the HDP's former spokesman, guilty of insulting police and Selma Irmak was convicted of membership of a terrorist organisation.

The move brought the number of seats held by the HDP, down to 48. It won 59 in the last election in November 2015, but 11 have since been stripped of their status.