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Turkish Opposition Lawmakers Take Parliamentary Oath


A parliamentarian walked past the empty seats of boycotting independent lawmakers during a swearing-in ceremony in parliament on June 28.

A parliamentarian walked past the empty seats of boycotting independent lawmakers during a swearing-in ceremony in parliament on June 28.

Lawmakers from Turkey's main opposition party have taken their parliamentary oaths, ending a row with the ruling party.

Representatives of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) did not take the oath of office in June along with Kurdish deputies to protest court decisions keeping party members in detention. Parliamentary proceedings remained in limbo as the left-of-center CHP and the Kurdish nationalist Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) refused to take part in debates.

In a statement, the CHP and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) called on all deputies who had refused to take the oath to be sworn in and participate in parliamentary work.

compiled from agency reports
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