(VOA News) – The Turkish parliament has approved a series of changes to its bylaws, which critics say aim to further curtail opposition voices.
The amendments cover a range of issues from what the parliament speaker can wear to how long a bill can be debated.
The government insists the changes will render parliament more effective. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is accused of increasing authoritarianism, has long criticized the opposition for allegedly obstructing the work of parliament.
The changes come as Turkey is engaged in an unprecedented crackdown on the alleged perpetrators of last year’s failed military coup, which human rights group say has been broadened to include all government opponents.
Source: VOA News Online