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Turkey PM hints at possible compromise on judicial bill

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday ruled out a complete withdrawal of a controversial judicial reform bill but hinted at possible compromise.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday ruled out a complete withdrawal of a controversial judicial reform bill but hinted at possible compromise.

Erdogan told reporters shortly before parliament was due to resume its debate that withdrawing the legislation despite widespread opposition was "out of the question".

However, he suggested some articles of the bill could be frozen, although he did not elaborate.

The leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, welcomed Erdogan's statement as a "very positive development".

The reforms, which would give the government a greater say over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, have been criticised by the opposition and the European Union for threatening the independence of the judiciary.

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