Turkish Parliament to debate censure motion against PM
Thursday, May 22, 2014
ANKARA - A censure motion proposal against the Turkish prime minister and two ministers claiming that the Soma mining disaster rescue mission was "conducted irresponsibly" will be debated by Turkish MP's on Thursday but is expected to be rejected by the ruling AK party who has the majority in the General Assembly.
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and People's Democratic Party (HDP) brought the censure motions against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Celik.
The Soma coal mine disaster last week claimed the lives of 301 miners making it the worst mining disaster in Turkey’s history.
It surpasses the death toll in a 1992 firedamp (a gas that occurs naturally in coal seams) explosion in the mining town of Zonguldak on Turkey's Black Sea coast, in which 263 miners died.
A total of 485 miners were rescued from the Soma mine, Energy Minister Yildiz has said.
More than thirty people were detained and eight were arrested in the investigation into the mine disaster so far.
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