Turkey extends state of emergency by a further three months

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Turkey extends state of emergency by a further three months

The National Security Council (MGK) advised extending it on July 17.

According to the Turkish constitution, a state of emergency can be declared for a maximum period of six months.

The issue will be debated on July 17 and if passed, will come into effect from July 19. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), however, had a comfortable majority to pass the bill.

The government says the purge is necessary to confront security challenges facing Turkey and to root out supporters of the US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen who it says was behind the coup attempt.

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

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The European Union has been calling on Turkey to end the state of emergency since last fall.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strongly supports the continuation of emergency rule despite widespread criticism. These decrees are first published in the Official Gazette and then submitted to parliament for ratification.

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 state of emergency, known as OHAL, has been in force since July 20 of a year ago, after the putsch. "If one wants to hold the July 15 plotters to account, they have to frankly reveal the political leg of the coup", Altay said.

Following the foiled coup - blamed on US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen - authorities have arrested at least 50,000 people and sacked more than 100,000.

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