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Turkish court ruling sparks Kurdish anger

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Turkish court ruling sparks Kurdish anger


Turkish riot police used tear gas to break up a rally by thousands of people in Istanbul, demonstrating over court rulings banning newly-elected pro-Kurdish MPs from taking their seats.

So far six MPs in custody awaiting trial have been refused political immunity in a move analysts fear could reignite tension in the mainly Kurdish south east.

The Kurdish bloc, which won 36 seats in the June 12 vote now says it will boycott parliament which opens this week.

But it could be Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who benefits. His ruling AK party’s majority is just a few seats short of what it needs to push through controversial constitutional changes.

The court bans on MPs like Hatip Ditchler for a prior conviction on terrorist charges may lead to by-elections.

And that could see Erdogan finally reach the magic number of 330 MPs.

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