Europe

Turkey strips immunity from lawmakers, clears way for trials

  • Opposition Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli, centre, votes at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May20, 2016. Turkey's parliament vote a government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip some legislators of immunity. It targets pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and could lead them to be tried on terror charges.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici).

    Opposition Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli, centre, votes at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May20, 2016. Turkey's parliament vote a government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip some legislators of immunity. It targets pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and could lead them to be tried on terror charges.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici).  (The Associated Press)

  • Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party legislators vote at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May20, 2016. Turkey's parliament vote a government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip some legislators of immunity. It targets pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and could lead them to be tried on terror charges.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici).

    Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party legislators vote at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May20, 2016. Turkey's parliament vote a government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip some legislators of immunity. It targets pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and could lead them to be tried on terror charges.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici).  (The Associated Press)

  • Ruling party legislators pose for a selfie photograph at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May 20, 2016. Turkey's parliament vote a government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip some legislators of immunity. It targets pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and could lead them to be tried on terror charges.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici).

    Ruling party legislators pose for a selfie photograph at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May 20, 2016. Turkey's parliament vote a government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip some legislators of immunity. It targets pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and could lead them to be tried on terror charges.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici).  (The Associated Press)

Turkish lawmakers have approved a bill to amend the constitution, a move that paves the way for the trials of several pro-Kurdish and other legislators.

When parliament convened Friday in Ankara, more than two-thirds of the 550-seat assembly voted in favor of the government-backed bill.

It puts 138 lawmakers, the vast majority of them from two opposition parties, at risk of prosecution.