Turkish President, Prime Minister to discuss political situation

Turkey’s president is to meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after holding talks with opposition leaders on the embattled premier’s controversial bid to curb judges’ powers.

President Abdullah Gul will meet Erdogan, as the president held separate meetings on the divisive bill with the heads of the opposition Republican People’s Party, Nationalist Movement Party and pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party.

Erdogan, who is battling a corruption scandal that has threatened his hold on power, is seeking to push through a bill that would increase government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.

Turkey’s top judicial body has called the measure unconstitutional.

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