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Turkey Tightens Control Over Judiciary

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.
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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.
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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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by: Ozlam from: Turk/Canada
February 15, 2014 10:27 AM
Islam ruined my country.. I love my country. I hate Canada. my beautiful country Turkey. the Muslim ruined our proud Army, imprisoned our soldiers, tortured our journalists, executed so many of my friends. my heart is broken whenever i read about my country. but i learned one thing - satan reveals himself always in his hatred for Israel - always..!! like it or not - they are Gods chosen people - and when satan tricks you to hate them - you must understand that you have become an instrument in his hands...

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by: Bryan from Calgary
February 15, 2014 6:00 PM
Then get out of Canada. We do not need any immigrants such as yourself who bring their old world facist thinking here.
Canada is the greatest country in the world.

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