Order, order! Turkish MPs injured in mass Parliament brawl over new bill

Metro

A scuffle erupts between the ruling AK Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) (Picture: Stringer/Turkey/Reuters)

Ministers and their political opponents are usually embroiled in a war of words, but rarely do things escalate into out-and-out fisticuffs.

However, in Turkey a debate on proposed legislation to increase the government’s control of the judiciary exploded into a brawl on Saturday.

One Turkish MP is believed to have suffered a broken nose in the incident, while another broke a finger.

Opposition politician Ali Ihsan Kokturk was injured in the brawl (Picture: Stringer/Turkey/Reuters)

The bill, which was eventually passed, gives prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government a tighter grip over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.

Senior figures against the change say that it contravenes Turkey’s constitution by narrowing the gap between the ruling powers and the independent and impartial judicial body.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)…

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