Sunday 14 April 2019


Turkish parliament rejects US troops

The Turkish parliament has rejected requests from the United States to use the country as a launch pad for an attack on Iraq.

Several hours of acrimonious debate behind closed doors ended with 264 MPs voting in favour of the US deployment, 251 against and 19 abstentions.

However, the Turkish constitution states that laws must be passed by a majority of MPs present.

Following appeals from
opposition parties, the speaker of the parliament struck out the motion, since its supporters had failed to muster the required 268 votes.

The Turkish government has been under heavy pressure from the United States to let some 61,500 US troops launch a "northern front" attack against Iraq from Turkish soil.

The country's ruling Justice and Development Party already delayed the parliamentary vote from Thursday to today. Turkey's rejection of US troops is likely to lead to the loss of some $15 billion in aid promised by the US.

The narrow rejection came as over 50,000 demonstrators gathered in a central Ankara square less than a mile away from the parliament building. The route leading to the parliament was blocked by riot police and armoured cars.

The protest was organised by trade unions and is the first major display of widespread public opposition to a war that most Turks oppose.

The crowd chanted "No to war, don't let people die" in front of a stage adorned with a banner reading: "The people will stop this war."

One woman held a placard reading: "Deputies, do not give your support to the murderer Bush. Don't play a part in killing innocent children."


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