Antalya MP resigns from Turkish ruling party

Yusuf Ziya Irbec, a lawmaker from southern province of Antalya, resigned from the ruling Justice & Development Party on Friday.

Antalya MP resigns from Turkish ruling party

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yusuf Ziya İrbeç, an Antalya deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has announced his resignation from the party on the grounds that “he is concerned about the strategy the AK Party is following in domestic politics.”

İrbeç held a press conference to announce his resignation, during which he directed criticisms against Prime Minister and AK Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Noting that the prime minister uses expressions that lead to polarization of the public, he said the prime minister has gotten into the habit of disregarding the harm that his discourse does to the public.

Noting that he plans to serve as an independent deputy “for now,” he said he will decide whether to join another party after “consulting with friends.” Responding to a question on whether he resigned because of an offer from another party ahead of June's elections, he said he “would not resign because of any offer.”

He also criticized the government's Kurdish initiative, which was launched in 2009 in a move to address Turkey's long-standing Kurdish issue. Zekai Özcan and Murat Başesgioğlu also resigned from the AK Party last year in protest of the government's initiative.

Following İrbeç's resignation, the number of AK Party deputies in Parliament fell to 334, while the number of independent deputies rose to nine. The distribution of seats in Parliament is as follows: AK Party, 334; Republican People's Party (CHP), 101; Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), 70; Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), 20; Democratic Left Party (DSP), six; Turkey Party (TP), one; and independent, nine. The remaining nine seats are vacant.

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