New political group established in PACE

  09 October 2017    Read: 995
New political group established in PACE
A new political group has been founded in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which consists mostly of parliamentarians from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
The Free Democrats Group (FDG) currently has 20 members, including seven from Turkey, five from Italy, four from Azerbaijan and one from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia and San Marino, respectively. To establish a political group in PACE, a minimum of 20 parliaments from six different countries must be represented.

Amid efforts to establish the FDG, which is the sixth political group to have been formed within PACE, several AK Party members resigned from the European Conservatives Group (EC) and the Europe Public Party (Christian Democrats-EPP).

The head of the FDG is Italian parliamentarian and member of the Italian Senate Adele Gambaro.

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