Turkey: Parliament passes bill to strip politicians of immunity
May 21, Ankara: Parliament in Turkey has ratified a bill that will strip some legislators of immunity from prosecution.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said the move was to target them.
Championed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the bill will amend the constitution, adding a temporary clause to remove immunity from a total of 138 deputies - the exact number who are currently facing criminal investigations.
Currently, 51 opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) members of parliament, 50 HDP MPs, 27 AKP MPs, nine Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) MPs and one independent are facing investigations, according to reports.
In a secret ballot on Friday, the bill gained the backing of 376 of the 550 parliamentarians.
The Oslo Times