Middle East Forum

by Abdullah Bozkurt
Nordic Monitor

The accusations leveled against the Erdogan government during a debate in the Turkish Parliament on May 9 occurred when the opposition submitted a motion to hold a special general assembly. The purpose of the meeting was to recognize the events in the Xinjiang region, referred to as Eastern Turkistan in Turkey, as genocide perpetrated by the Chinese state.

The motion was similar to those adopted by many of Turkey’s Western allies’ parliaments. However, it was rejected with the majority vote of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far-right ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The motion, presented on May 9 by the Saadet (Felicity) Party and endorsed by others in the opposition bloc, was rejected the same day after a brief debate and exchange of harsh remarks among lawmakers in the general assembly. More Here

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