Opposition deputy to minister: Without the republic you would be one of the wives of a sheik
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
CHP's Tunceli deputy Kamer Genç is Genç, known for his short-tempered personality and provocative remarks. AA photoA Turkish deputy has drawn fierce criticism after his verbal attack on Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin during the parliamentary session April 25, saying she would likely be subjected to polygamy if not for the republic. "If Atatürk did not establish this republic, would you occupy your position? What country's citizen would you be? What number would you be among the wives of a sheik?" Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Kamer Genç told her from his ranks.
Genç, known for his short-tempered personality and provocative remarks, said the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wanted to avoid using Atatürk's name for the statement marking the 98th year since the Battle of Çanakkale. However, his words shocked many female deputies present at the discussions.
Şahin slammed Genç, saying she considered his words indelicate as a woman and mother. "I am ashamed to be under the same roof as you," Şahin said.
Deputy Speaker Güldal Mumcu, from the same party as Genç, also joined the criticisms. Mumcu, who was directing the session, submitted to vote a motion to reprimand Genç for violating Parliament's statutes on courtesy.