People walk along a street in central Ankara January 10, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkey's top judicial body hit back Friday at government's plans to curb its powers, adding fuel to a bitter row over a vast corruption probe engulfing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The parliament began on Friday to debate the proposed reforms, which would give the justice ministry more powers to decide who makes up the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) and strip the legal body of its powers to pass decrees. The fresh arrests came three days after police carried out raids in five cities and detained 25 people on suspicions of bribery and fraud in tenders for construction projects.According to the new survey which showed support for the AKP at 42.3 percent, the party would not be able to form a government on its own.
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