Another opposition HDP lawmaker ousted from Turkish parliament

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakir lawmaker Nursel Aydogan.

Another deputy of the left-wing Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has lost her status as a parliamentarian after being convicted to four years in prison on “terrorist propaganda” charges.

Nursel Aydogan, the HDP’s lawmaker for Diyarbakir, had her parliamentary status revoked on Tuesday after the decision was read out in a session at the Grand National Assembly.

Aydogan was imprisoned pending trial on 4 November 2016 alongside 12 other HDP lawmakers on charges of membership to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

She was released on 21 April however her release was appealed by the Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and another warrant was issued for her arrest on 2 May.

Aydogan becomes the second HDP MP to lose her seat after the party’s co-leader, Figen Yuksekdag, who is still jailed, had her status revoked in February.

The development leaves the HDP, the third largest party in the Turkish parliament, with 57 lawmakers.

The HDP has called the arrests “political operations” carried out by the government against opposition forces.