Turkish opposition starts vigil in the parliament
Turkey's main opposition party announced that the Parliamentary Advisory Board meeting would no longer occur. This decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court of Appeals' contentious resolution to file a criminal complaint against members of the Constitutional Court over the case involving TIP (Turkish Workers' Party) Hatay MP Can Atalay.
The Parliamentary Advisory Board, initially scheduled to convene at 17:00, was expected to address the fallout from the Supreme Court's decision, which has intensified the ongoing judicial crisis. In a bold response, Ozgur Ozel took to social media to state that the CHP (Republican People's Party) would begin an indefinite vigil within the General Assembly of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey starting today. This action, he explained, is intended to maintain focus on the judicial crisis and what he termed as a coup attempt.
The CHP group first articulated the decision to occupy the General Assembly, which had previously declared its intention to hold a vigil. Echoing the sentiment of determination, CHP Group Deputy Chairman Gokhan Gunaydin expressed hope for a positive outcome from the Advisory Board, which represents all party groups. Gunaydin suggested that the CHP's decision to remain in the Assembly might be reassessed following the Advisory Board's deliberations. However, he emphasized that the party's commitment not to vacate the Assembly would be steadfast under the current conditions.
This latest development indicates a significant escalation in the political tensions within Turkey, as opposition parties take a stand against decisions made by the judiciary that they perceive as encroachments on the democratic process and constitutional order. The eyes of the nation now turn to the Grand National Assembly, where the next chapter of this unfolding political drama will be written.