In the midst of the budget negotiations for 2022, a heated argument broke out between the Turkish Interior Minister and the opposition MP.
Turkish media posted a video of MPs punching their colleagues in the middle of the room. It is clear that emotions are high at the budget talks for 2022. This all began as MPs debated funds to the Interior Ministry.
Meclis’te Soylu ile CHP’li vekiller arasında gerginlik: Ortalık karıştı, AKP’li vekiller CHP’li vekillere saldırdı CHP’li vekiller Meclis’te Soylu’ya Sezgin Baran Korkmaz’ın uçağını kullandığı için tepki gösterince Soylu ‘hesap vereceksiniz’ diyerek vekilleri tehdit etti. pic.twitter.com/f5Lz0VGySB
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During the talks, a member of the major opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Erkan Aydın, asked interior minister Suleyman Soylu, about his alleged links to a Turkish businessman currently under arrest in Austria on charges leveled by both Turkey and the US that include bribery and fraud.
The question sparked the minister’s anger, and he called the MP a liar and a fraud, prompting a heated verbal exchange between the two. Despite the interference of the CHP faction’s deputy head, the tensions were soon running high and it was not long before the war of words spiraled into a fist fight between the CHP MPs and those from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).
This isn’t the first incident of its kind, however, as the Turkish parliament has been a frequent venue for brawls among lawmakers. Two MPs were involved in an altercation last month during parliamentary sessions over personal insults. Both of them called each other. “terrorists.”
After Erdogan’s criticisms of the opposition MP, there was a more violent brawl that broke out in March. Some lawmakers had to climb onto their desks and throw punches. 2017 saw several days worth of brawls during budget negotiations.