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AKP's Aslan sits at a parliamentary session in Ankara. AA Photo

AKP's Aslan sits at a parliamentary session in Ankara. AA Photo

Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Zeyid Aslan was sent to party’s disciplinary commission over the sexist remarks he uttered to a group of female journalists, party spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik said today.

Aslan’s caused a storm of fury when he asked female journalists whether it would be moral if he “took picture of between your legs and published them” in response to a series of photographs showing him sleeping at the parliament’s garden that surfaced the previous day. 

Çelik said the language did not suit AKP, and wished Zeyid has not uttered the words, however, he also added that Zeyid’s reaction, to him, was right. 

“It isn’t a first time that a deputy fell asleep after 16, 17 hours sessions. Especially now that we are in Ramadan, I find it immoral to take that photo and bring that over to the headlines. The reaction is right, but I don’t think the language in any way suits AKP. I wish he hadn’t used such words,” Cemil said during a press conference on July 12.

The reaction to Zeyid’s words dominated public debate in the following day, drawing criticism from all sides, including the Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Şahin, who condemned the remarks over Twitter. 

Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek made phone calls to the four woman journalists targeted by Aslan to say he was sorry about the incident. He also met with Göksel Bozkurt, the chair of Parliament Reporters Association (PMD) and said Aslan’s remarks were unacceptable.

“I’m aware that the tension in Parliament is high due to the high tempo, but as I told to the lawmakers during an iftar dinner they should also fast with their tongues,” Çiçek said during the meeting.

Use of controversial speech is not a first-time incident for AKP’s Aslan, who was previously forced to resign from his commission post for insulting and swearing at an opposition deputy, as well as threatening to kill him, back in May of 2013. 

Aslan however refused to apologize during the parliamentary session despite the fury he caused, and claimed his words “had nothing to do with women.”

July/12/2013

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Engin Atik

7/13/2013 7:08:03 PM

Zeyid Aslan got caught sleeping on tax payers dime. It is not about sleeping or vaginas being part of human nature. It is about sleeping at the switch.

sonnudagreat

7/13/2013 8:56:24 AM

Future prime minister ..turkish people likes leaders who is arrogant , confronting , rude , on top of that no respect for woman and this guy tick all the boxes ...

Çılgın Kanarya

7/12/2013 10:18:54 PM

You are wrong Mr Çelik - the words used by this sexist buffoon Aslan absolutely DO suit the AKP! And furthermore, what the hell are YOU doing apologizing on his behalf, like a mother having to say sorry to the neighbours when her naughty child kicks his ball at them? Isn't he big enough to apologize for himself? I bet he's quaking in his boots at the prospect of this internal disciplinary commission! What's his punishment going to be? To sit on the low chair for the next iftar meal? What a joke.

suat yildirim

7/12/2013 10:00:58 PM

This MP disgrace to the Turkish Parliament and disgrace to the Turkish nation. He must be thrown out of the party and the parliament.

sonnudagreat

7/12/2013 8:40:15 PM

future prime I guarantee

Roger Harding

7/12/2013 7:22:49 PM

Yet another pious member of AKP revealing his true stance towards women in society. Cheers!

K M

7/12/2013 7:10:19 PM

I'd forgotten that he was the same guy who threatened Kemer Genc. I guess his defense will be that he's always this way. It does raise questions about his constituents, however.

Dave Chapman

7/12/2013 5:10:41 PM

The reaction were his words...so it was not right....at all.

Brian Irlanda

7/12/2013 4:47:35 PM

The man is not fit to be a parliamentary member. He should be fired. But I am sure he reflects the beliefs of the typical AKP party member. After all people like him reflect the views of their party. The real truth comes out in times of stress.

mara mcglothin

7/12/2013 4:44:46 PM

Nothing will happen to him because there isn't any such thing as "sexist" remarks when it comes to the AKP. The women should sue him for discrimination, he should be fired from his current position, and be made to apologize or be publicly embarrassed by the party he represents. Oh and also the CHP MP involved in "Pumpkingate" should be reinstated immediately, with an apology for unlawfully blocking his attendance in Parliament.
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