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Ex-HDP MP Güven sentenced to 22 years in prison

A court on Dec. 21 sentenced Leyla Güven, a former deputy from the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to over 22 years in prison for being a member of an armed terrorist group and making propaganda for it twice.

The 9th Heavy Penal Court in southeastern Diyarbakir province handed Güven 22 years and three months in prison and issued an arrest warrant for her.

Turkish Parliament approves 2021 budget

Turkish Parliament approved the country's 2021 budget early on Dec. 19 following a 12-day marathon session in the general assembly. 

Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop announced the Budget was supported by 316 lawmakers while 193 voted against it in the 584-seat general assembly.

Lawmakers from the ruling AKP and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) approved the budget.

Justice system should prioritize trial without arrest: Minister

The main priority of Turkey's justice system should be trial without arrest, the country's justice minister said on Dec. 9. 

"In cases where it is necessary to consider an arrest, this decision should be applied in a measured and proportioned manner," Abdulhamit Gül told lawmakers during the 2021 budget debates in the Turkish parliament.

Turkish parliament sees highest number of female MPs

Since women were given the right to elect and be elected in Turkey, women representatives in the current Turkish parliament is at its highest.

After the Dec. 5, 1934 amendment on the Constitution and Election Law granted women the right to elect and be elected, 17 female deputies entered the Turkish parliament for the first time as a result of the elections held on Feb. 8, 1935.