Turkey’s main opposition saves a seat for deputy recently stripped of title

Duvar English

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) saved a seat for lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu, who was stripped of his title on June 4, during their first group meeting in months on June 9.

A sheet that said Enis Kadri Berberoğlu, a pair of glasses and a pen, along with a copy of the Constitution lay at an empty seat during the CHP group meeting, held under social distancing measures.

Berberoğlu was sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in the case into a story on National Intelligence Agency (MİT) trucks filled with weapons bound for Syria, accused of providing footage of the trucks to journalist Can Dündar.

Berberoğlu was detained from June 4 to June 6, before being released as part of COVID-19 prevention measures.

Deputies all wore masks and were seated at safe distances, visitors were banned during the first group meeting after two and a half months of cancellations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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