Deputy Şükür cleared to work as TV pundit
ANKARA - Hürriyet
AKP deputy Hakan Şükür, who is a former Turkish national football team forward, started controversy after accepting a job offer from Turkish Lig TV as a pundit. AA PhotoAn Ankara court has ruled that ruling party lawmaker Hakan Şükür can “moonlight” as a television pundit.
Nuri Yiğit, the Ankara deputy director of public prosecution, ruled there were no grounds to launch legal action against Şükür for his work at Turkish Lig TV.
“The professions that are not in accordance with lawmaking are defined in the Constitution. A lawmaker cannot work in public institutions,” Yiğit said in his decision, hinting that there were no rules against a lawmaker working at a private institution.
The probe was opened after an official complaint by a citizen, Mustafa Gürmeriç, daily Hürriyet reported.
Şükür, a former Turkish international football player and a current Istanbul deputy for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has been at the center of controversy after taking the pundit job earlier this year. Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Atilla Kart has submitted a parliamentary question on the issue.