Ruling AKP issues warning to lawmaker who triggered outcry over sexist remarks
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
^'If I were to take a picture showing between your legs and printed it just as 'This is the natural way they are’ ... I would be the immoral one, wouldn't I?' Zeyid Aslan was quoted as telling female journalists. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZThe ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) issued a warning on Nov. 13 to Tokat Deputy Zeyid Aslan who had caused indignation after lashing out with sexist comments at female reporters at Parliament in Ankara.
"If I were to take a picture showing between your legs and printed it just as 'This is the natural way they are’ ... I would be the immoral one, wouldn't I?” Aslan was quoted as telling female journalists after a picture of him comfortably sleeping in a sofa in the Parliament’s garden emerged in the media.
"Do you think that what you are doing is journalism? We are human, we get tired," Aslan said. His remarks triggered a storm of fury, leading the AKP to send the controversial lawmaker to the party’s disciplinary commission.
AKP Karaman deputy Mevlüt Ergün who leads the commission told Anadolu Agency that the body was only qualified to issue warnings or condemnations. “The warning will be communicated [to Aslan] in the shortest delay,” Ergün said.