Turkey's president approves law tightening grip on judiciary

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton/Pool

Turkish President Abdullah Gul addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2013.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a law boosting government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, his office said on Wednesday.

The law, along with a regulation tightening control of the internet already approved by Gul, is seen by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's critics as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz,; Writing by Daren Butler, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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