25th Grand National Assembly of Turkey gathered on Thursday at the opening of the new legislative year where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered an opening speech.
The General Assembly met for the third and the last time before the Nov. 1 early election.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu did not attend the meeting due to his official visit to Lyon in France as part of his election campaign.
Kilicdaroglu met with some of the members of the Turkish community and civil society representatives in France.
Asked about his absence at the Turkish parliament's opening day, Kilicdaroglu denied the protest claims and said “If I was in Ankara I’d go and listen to the president’s speech,” Turkish media reported.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies also did not attend the assembly to protest President Erdogan.
Unlike from previous openings, there were no reception this year due to PKK terror attacks that killed at least 131 Turkish security officials and nearly 30 civilians.