Turkey again extends emergency rule by further three months

Published: January 4, 2017
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addressing the media. PHOTO: REUTERS

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addressing the media. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: Turkey’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favour of extending emergency rule by a further three months, effective from January 19th, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Emergency rule, first imposed in Turkey after an abortive military coup on July 15th and then extended in October, enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms when deemed necessary.

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Turkey has formally arrested more than 40,000 people during the investigation of the coup, which it has blamed on cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, denies any involvement.

More than 100,000 people in total, including soldiers, police officers, teachers, judges and journalists, have been suspended from their jobs over suspected links to Gulen and his movement.

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The extension of emergency rule comes as Turkey reels from a series of deadly attacks by  militants, most recently on Sunday when a lone gunman shot dead 39 people in a packed Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 4, 2017 - 12:39PM

    Turkey USSR and other nearby countires should stop trying to ‘help’ Syria and focus on their inner safety and economy . Recommend

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