Bill seeking more privileges for deputies back on Parliament's agenda.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A much-debated bill that seeks to give greater rights and privileges to deputies, which was jointly drafted by four parties in Parliament last year but was withdrawn with a last-minute disagreement among the parties, has been brought back to the Parliament's agenda with minor changes.
According to the bill jointly prepared by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) -- now the People's Democracy Party (HDP), deputies will be exempt from paying traffic fines, their vehicles will have right-of-way over other vehicles as ambulances and police vehicles do and they will be entitled to a lifelong diplomatic passport.
The HE-rriyet daily reported on Saturday that Parliament Speaker Cemil Ecicek is holding talks with the parties represented in Parliament on a revised version of the bill.
Although the new bill has minor changes such as excluding former deputies from enjoying being exempted from traffic fines, the bill preserves most of the initially sought privileges.
The bill also suggests a salary increase for deputies from TL 14,000 to 15,000.
If approved, the bill also guarantees current and former lawmakers the right to possess firearms. Funeral ceremonies for deputies that are held in provinces other than the capital, Ankara, will also be organized by the relevant governor's office and lawmakers will be treated as high-ranking officials in public facilities. (Cihan/Today's Zaman)
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