Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 more months

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Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 more months

The state of emergency in Turkey will be extended for 3 months starting from October 19, Deputy Prime Minister announced 3rd October.

Speaking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, he said the Cabinet followed the National Security Council’s advice to extend the state of emergency to ensure the protection of Turkish democracy and rule of law, with parliament’s approval.

Last week, Turkey’s top national security body chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the three-month state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15 coup bid should be extended when it expires in October.

According to the Turkish Constitution, a state of emergency can be declared for a maximum period of six months, but can also be extended if needed.

Parliament must ratify states of emergency, and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has a comfortable majority for doing so.

To enact the state of emergency, the government must see serious indications of widespread violence which could interfere with Turkey’s democratic environment or its citizens’ basic rights and freedoms as established by the Constitution.

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