HDP urges ruling party to withdraw security package
AA PhotoPeoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ has called on the ruling party to withdraw its controversial security package draft bill, which she described as a “package for death.”
Addressing her party lawmakers on Feb. 10, Yüksekdağ urged the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to reconsider “democratic opposition” at parliament against the security package and withdraw the bill, which she said was legislation to “secure the palace, not the people.”
“Turkey needs more peace and freedom, not policies for oppression,” she added.
The government is pursuing a policy of “polarization and creating tension with every single statement,” Yüksekdağ said, adding that the bill would “threaten the security of the upcoming elections if adopted.”
Yüksekdağ also objected to the AKP’s argument that the presidential system would be voted on in the parliamentary elections, scheduled for June 2015, and accused the ruling party of “prioritizing its agenda over millions of people.”
“In the 2015 elections, the people will vote to decide on their parliamentary deputies. Nobody should long for anything else,” she said.