The revocation of HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s membership in parliament as a fait accompli is unacceptable. The revoking of her position in parliament once again tramples the constitution, and it is an effort to give the government’s political decision the appearance of legality.
The Erdoğan-AKP government is trying to overcome its own political deadlock as well as Turkey’s social and economic crisis by violating the law and attacking the HDP. It has become clear that the Erdoğan-AKP government will not be able to attain the referendum results they expect within the context of this crisis, so they are once again resorting to the same foul methods they’ve used in the past. This mentality, which sees all manner of breaking the law as legitimate, continues to make preparations for a state of lawlessness following the referendum.
Following the lifting of our MPs’ parliamentary immunity, and the unconstitutional arrest of our MPs, the Government has gone one step further in revoking Ms. Yüksekdağ’s status as an MP, thereby ignoring the will of the people. This situation is entirely unacceptable and unlawful. We call upon the Office of the Speaker of Parliament to turn away from this lawlessness and to correct their mistakes.
The revoking of our co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s MP status is an attempt to intimidate us and our people. We have not knelt down or given in against these attacks until this day. Just to spite those who try to intimidate us with repression, police custodies and arrests, we will continue to say ‘NO’ with full force. We continue our struggle with our co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s words “We will still not give in! We will be the bane, the curse, the end of the coup-dictate regime”. We will definitely be the ones who will win.
Peoples’ Democratic Party
Central Executive Board
21 February 2017