Turkish governing party MPs call on Erdoğan to cut speaking rights of opposition

Parliamentarians of Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) are calling on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to approve measures reducing the time opposition MPs can speak before the assembly, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

The AKP parliamentarians say Erdoğan should take urgent steps after the speeches of rival MPs totalled 75 percent of all speaking time, Cumhuriyet said on Monday. Erdoğan has responded positively to the proposal, it said.

Parliamentary rules approved after the introduction of Turkey’s presidential system of government in 2018 allow for the president to limit speeches by the opposition during discussions to a maximum of three speeches of five minutes each, Cumhuriyet said.

The AKP has been working on a new set of bylaws that they say better correspond to Turkey’s new political system, which would include restrictions on the opposition’s right to speak, the newspaper reported.

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