Parliament passes law to restructure judiciary
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