Par­lia­ment passes law to re­struc­ture ju­di­ciary

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ANKARA—Turkey’s par­lia­ment ap­proved sweep­ing plans late on Satur­day to re­struc­ture the high courts, in a vic­tory for Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan that crit­ics say will allow him to re­move trou­ble­some judges and tighten his grip over the ju­di­ciary. The rul­ing AK Party has said the law will clear bot­tle­necks in the le­gal sys­tem. But op­po­nents see it as giv­ing Er­do­gan even more power at a time when he is seek­ing a con­sti­tu­tional change to in­tro­duce an ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dency. The main op­po­si­tion CHP said it would launch an ap­peal at the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, al­though the suc­cess of that chal­lenge looks doubt­ful.

The Euro­pean Union has re­peat­edly raised con­cerns about the ero­sion of ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence in Turkey, with of­fi­cials warn­ing.—Agen­cies

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