Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkish Parliament Extends State of Emergency for 90 days

Turkish Parliament Extends State of Emergency for 90 days

Turkey on Monday extended emergency rule for another three months, nearly a year after it was imposed in the wake of last July's failed military coup. The National Security Council (MGK) advised extending it on July 17.

Turkey declared the state of emergency on July 20, 2016 and extended it for the fourth time after the coup attempt of July 15, 2016 which Ankara believes was organised by the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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The move initiated by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was backed on Monday by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as well as the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The extension followed weekend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the abortive coup in which around 250 people, mostly unarmed civilians, were killed.

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The Turkish opposition, as well as a number of European Union leaders, have criticized the extension of the state of emergency, as this, in their view, threatens the rights and freedoms of the citizens of the country.

The accident occurred as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was addressing thousands of people in the early hours of Sunday. These decrees are first published in the Official Gazette and then submitted to parliament for ratification. The state of emergency has merely harmed the economy and polarized the entire population of Turkey, CHP group deputy Engin Altay told reporters on July 17. "If one wants to hold the July 15 plotters to account, they have to frankly reveal the political leg of the coup", Altay said.

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Since emergency rule was imposed on July 20 past year, more than 50,000 people have been arrested and 150,000 people have been suspended in a crackdown which Erdogan's opponents say has pushed Turkey on a path to greater authoritarianism.

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