: AFP: Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

20:23 May. 20, 2016

AFP: Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

Turkish lawmakers applaud after the vote on immunity at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May 20, 2016. (AP Photo)

Turkey parliament votes on contentious immunity bill

Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise concerns over the legislation during a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week, his spokesman said.

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The E.U. is pressuring Ankara to narrow its definition of terror to stop prosecuting academics and journalists for publishing "terror propaganda."

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