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Turkey passes Bill tightening control of judiciary: Parliament source

Published on Feb 15, 2014 5:34 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - The Turkish Parliament on Saturday passed a contested bill tightening government control over the judiciary, after violent scuffles broke out in the assembly, a Parliament source said.

Fighting erupted between ruling party and opposition lawmakers as the Bill was debated overnight, with at least one deputy seen with a bloodied nose.

Parliament on Friday resumed debate of the Bill despite an uproar from opposition parties and the international community when it was initially tabled last month.

Turkey's government is grappling with a high-level corruption scandal that has ensnared top allies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan since it erupted on December 17.

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