Turkey declares 3 month state of emergency

Turkey has declared a three month state of emergency after the failed July 15 coup

Turkey declares 3 month state of emergency

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey in order to hunt down all those deemed to be behind an attempted coup.

The state of emergency was needed "in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organisation involved in the coup attempt," he said at the presidential palace in Ankara.

Turkey has accused the group of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup and acting as a terror group. Gulen vehemently denies the charge.

"The decision has been made to declare the state of emergency for a period of three months," he said at a news conference.

"The purpose of the state of emergency is to most effectively and swiftly take steps necessary to eliminate the threat to democracy in our country, the rule of law, and the rights and freedom of our citizens," Erdogan said. ​

The annoucment followed long meetings of Turkey's national security council and cabinet chaired by Erdogan at the presidential palace.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Temmuz 2016, 00:10