Both the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have declared their reluctance to attend the session, saying an urgent parliamentary session would further encourage the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to go ahead with its terrorist activities.
Çiçek's call for an extraordinary parliamentary session followed a request from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to hold a session to discuss terror and Syria-related developments. The CHP's move came in the wake of simultaneous attacks on four military outposts in the southeastern province of Hakkari by terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Sunday. The attacks left six soldiers and two village guards dead.
The Turkish Parliament adjourned for summer recess on July 4 and will start a new legislative year on Oct. 2.
The AK Party parliamentary group deputy chairman, Mahir Ünal, told Today's Zaman that Parliament is unlikely to hold an urgent session on Aug. 14 as most deputies will not attend. “Deputies will decide whether to attend the session or not with their free will. If they decide to, they may attend the session. But what seems to us is that the CHP will not be able to convene 184 deputies in Parliament on that day,” he said.
According to a parliamentary bylaw, signatures of the one-fifth of the deputies in Parliament are necessary to call an urgent parliamentary session, but for the session to begin in Parliament's General Assembly, one-third of the deputies (184) should be in attendance.
The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which has 29 deputies in Parliament, announced that it will join the parliamentary session on Aug. 14. The CHP has 135 deputies. The two parties have 164 deputies in total, fewer than one-third of the deputies required to hold a parliamentary session.
The MHP parliamentary group deputy chairman, Oktay Vural, also said his party will not attend the extraordinary session, saying the CHP is acting “insincerely” in its request for a session. “If they had been sincere, they would have sought a compromise with other parties for an extraordinary session in Parliament. Even if they go to Parliament on that day [Aug. 14], they will be unable to hold a session because they will have fewer than 184 deputies there,” he said.