Parliament establishes commission to investigate increasing divorce rate

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A parliamentary commission has been set up to understand the reasons for the increased number of divorces in Turkey and to draft possible measures that could be taken to prevent couples from divorcing, after all four parties in Parliament made proposals on the issue.

The Official Gazette announced on Wednesday that upon the decision made by Parliament on Dec. 10, a parliamentary commission has been established to find the reasons behind the recent surge in the divorce rate.

Recent statistics released by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) have revealed that the rate of divorce in Turkey increased by 4.5 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year.

The statistics also showed the number of divorced couples stood at 130,913 in 2014, while the number of divorced couples was 125,305 in 2013.