Turkey's Erdogan signs bill lifting lawmakers' immunity

By REUTERS
June 8, 2016 11:26

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signed a bill on Tuesday lifting lawmakers' immunity from prosecution, his office said, a constitutional change likely to remove a pro-Kurdish opposition party from parliament.

Erdogan has accused the pro-Kurdish HDP, parliament's third-biggest party, of being the political wing of militants who have waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast. He wants to see them prosecuted.

A leader of the HDP, which denies links with militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), challenged the bill and said they will not be part of judiciary process controlled by Erdogan.


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