MP’s in Turkey abandoned diplomacy and went for some good old fashioned brawling during a recent debate on the floor of the house.
The incident occurred Wednesday between opposition and ruling party MP’s, during a debate over a new law which would strip MP’s of more powers and hand them over to the Executive.
According to Turkish state news agency Anadolu, ‘the fight broke out on Wednesday shortly after opposition lawmaker Özgür Özel told ruling party lawmakers “You are trying to destroy yourselves when the TV is off and nobody sees. We won’t let it happen’.
Ozel and his fellow Republican People’s Party lawmakers then circled the speaker’s lectern in protest with arms locked together. However, as members of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party also advanced on them, the brawl broke out, with one veteran MP reportedly suffering a broken nose.