Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters and lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.(AP Photo)
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Turkey's constitutional court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday by annulling sections of a controversial law tightening his government's control over the judiciary.The court said the most controversial clause of the law, which gave the justice ministry greater control over the appointment of prosecutors and judges, was unconstitutional.The ruling was the result of an appeal by a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) who said it violated the principles of the separation of powers and the independence of courts.Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said he disagreed with ruling.The court also overturned parts of the law that give the justice minister the authority to investigate prosecutors of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors [HSYK], an independent body responsible for appointing members of the judiciary.
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