HDP deputy misses conference in Beirut due to passport reinstatement snafu

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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Tülay Hatimoğulları was forced to miss a conference in Beirut over the weekend due to a mistake in the previous reinstatement of her passport, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Hatimoğulları said on Monday officials at the airport informed her that her passport had been cancelled as she was preparing to board a flight to Beirut for the conference.

At a press conference in Parliament on Monday Hatimoğulları told journalists that her passport was confiscated in February 2017 and returned to her in April after an appeal to a local state of emergency council.

Although she told officials at the airport about the reinstatement, she received an explanation saying that the decision of the state of emergency council must not have been entered into the system.

“[This] explanation shows the running of state affairs, which was already arbitrary and cumbersome, became even more lawless and arbitrary during the state of emergency,” Hatimoğulları said.

Turkey declared a state of emergency in July 2016, after a failed coup attempt and terminated it two years later. During the state of emergency more than 180,000 passports were cancelled or restricted.

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