08 February 2023,   01:57
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Fist fight in Turkish Parliament leaves opposition MP in hospital

An opposition lawmaker was hospitalised after fighting erupted and MPs traded punches in the Turkish parliament during a tense debate on the national budget.

As dozens of MPs brawled, Huseyin Ors, a lawmaker from the junior opposition Good Party, was punched by ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP lawmaker Zafer Isik.

Ors, who suffers from heart problems and has a cardiac pacemaker, was taken to intensive care in hospital as a result. He also had a head injury and his eyebrow was split due to a ring worn by his assailant, Isik, an MP from ruling AKP.

Tension has been running high in the Turkish parliament over the government’s proposed budget for 2023.

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