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Turkey parliament backs hotly-contested immunity bill

Turkish MPs vote on May 17, 2016 at the parliament in Ankara, during the discussion of the ruling AK Party's proposal regarding the amendment of immunityThe Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved, in a preliminary vote, a controversial bill that would strip dozens of deputies of their parliamentary immunity and which pro-Kurdish lawmakers say is directly aimed at driving them out of the legislature. Under current Turkish law, members of parliament have the right to full immunity from prosecution. HDP lawmakers are particularly vulnerable to prosecution on allegations of links or even verbal support for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting a renewed insurgency against the Turkish state.

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