Turkey parliament brawls over changes to constitution

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Ruling AKP insists controversial immunity bill is constitutional

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has insisted that a provisional change allowing parliament to lift the legislative immunity of some MPs complies with the constitution
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