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Turkey Tightens Control Over Judiciary

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Turkish legislators from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and the main opposition Republican People's Party brawl during a tense all-night debate over a controversial law on changes to a council that appoints and oversees judges and prosecutors, in Ankara, Feb. 15, 2014.

Turkish legislators from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and the main opposition Republican People's Party brawl during a tense all-night debate over a controversial law on changes to a council that appoints and oversees judges and prosecutors, in Ankara, Feb. 15, 2014.

Turkey's parliament has approved a law giving the government more power over the council that appoints and oversees judges and prosecutors.

The opposition said the law will limit the judiciary's independence. The bill still needs the president's signature to become law.

Parliament passed the bill during an overnight session that sparked a brawl in which two lawmakers were injured.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government proposed the bill as it fights a corruption scandal that implicated people close to him.

The main opposition party (CHP) has said it would appeal the law if parliament approved it.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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