138 law­mak­ers in Turkey to face terror charges

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­TAN­BUL—Turkey’s pres­i­dent has ap­proved amend­ments to the con­sti­tu­tion that pave the way for the tri­als of some 138 leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing sev­eral proKur­dish law­mak­ers who face terror-re­lated charges.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan on Wed­nes­day rat­i­fied the changes which were put for­ward by the rul­ing party and fi­nally ap­proved by par­lia­ment last month af­ter heated de­bates that de­volved into out­right fights.

The changes have been crit­i­cized by of­fi­cials in the Euro­pean Union and Ger­many and con­demned by Turk­ish op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers. Lasts week, Turkey’s high­est court re­jected a pe­ti­tion by op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors to strike down the leg­is­la­tion.

Er­do­gan has ac­cused the pro-Kur­dish Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party, or HDP, of be­ing

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