Turkish Parliament approves bill lifting lawmakers’ immunity

Turkey’s parliament has approved a controversial constitutional amendment to strip dozens of deputies of their parliamentary immunity, with the voting for the clause ending in the second round, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The clause attracted 376 votes at the General Assembly session on May 20.

Accordingly, the amendment will not have to be taken to a referendum, as it passed the necessary 367-vote threshold.

The first and second clauses of the amendment were accepted in the second round of voting, with 373 and 374 votes respectively.

The first clause received 373 votes in favor and 138 deputies against; the second clause of the bill received 374 votes in favor and 136 votes against.

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