Turkey' Approves Controversial New Security Law

March 27, 2015 8:34 PM

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Turkey’s parliament passed a controversial new security law Friday that will centralize and expand police powers, amid widespread concern it will be used to crack down on political dissent. The measure's approval comes ahead of June's general election and follows the passage of another law this week extending controls over the Internet.

The highly contentious security law was passed despite bitter resistance from all of the country's parliamentary opposition parties. Turkey’s Western allies and human rights groups have also voiced concern over the new measure.

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