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Turkish parliament approves bill stripping MPs' immunity

Pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MPs pose for a group picture during the voting of an article of constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament approved a bill to lift lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution on Friday, a constitutional change that the pro-Kurdish opposition has warned could see its parliamentary presence all but wiped out.

In Friday’s third and final vote in a secret ballot, 376 MPs in the 550-seat parliament backed the plan to lift MPs’ immunity from prosecution, a high enough level of support to change the constitution directly without needing to hold a referendum.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker and Ece Toskabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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