Turkey extends emergency rule for three more months

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The Turkish Parliament on Monday approved a bill to extend the state of emergency for another three months, the fourth such extension since last July's failed coup attempt.

The state of emergency has been used to stifle dissent and enable President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government to rule by decree.

The coup attempt, blamed on the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, martyred 250 people and injured almost 2,000.

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

The European Commission is in charge of accession negotiations for prospective new members, with Turkey's dossier largely frozen since last July's violence.

At least 115 people were arrested Sunday in northwestern Turkey as part of a probe into the information technology network of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), writes Anadolu Agency.

The leader of the main opposition party (CHP, social-democratic party), Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, has urged Saturday the government to lift the state of emergency, which, he said, "has become permanent". The government behaved unjustly toward people instead of holding the real coup plotters to account, he stated, adding that the country urgently needs normalization.

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