Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech to the members of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on January 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkey's government was pursuing efforts Wednesday to defuse a row over its plans to exert more control over the judiciary, a move that has stoked concerns about the independence of the country's institutions in the wake of a damaging corruption scandal.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, facing the worst crisis of his 11-year rule, said Tuesday he was ready to freeze the bill in the face of stiff opposition -- but only with conditions.Erdogan offered a compromise following the intervention of President Abdullah Gul, who is seen as a more conciliatory figure in the crisis convulsing Turkey.The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) remains wary about Erdogan's latest proposal which it will formally discuss on Thursday, its vice chairman Faruk Logoglu told AFP.He said the party had demanded that the government withdraw the bill, not simply suspend it, and that it appeared Erdogan was still bent on pushing through tighter controls on the judiciary.
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