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Turkey changes electoral law in boost for ruling party

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan say the new changes to the country’s voting rules will secure the elections, but the opposition worries the new law will lead to fraud and has filed a lawsuit to block it.

Turkey’s parliament has introduced new election rules the government says will better secure ballots, while the opposition says the overhaul could lead to fraud and undermine the integrity of a slate of polls scheduled for next year.

So charged is the debate over the changes that a fistfight erupted between lawmakers during the 20-hour marathon session that wrapped Tuesday morning. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose party drafted the bill with parliament’s smallest party, is now expected to sign it into law.

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