Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 months

Numan Kurtulmus says Turkey's state of emergency to be extended 90 more days starting Oct. 19

Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 months

World Bulletin / News Desk

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced Monday that Turkey's state of emergency, initially declared after the July 15 defeated coup, will be extended for more 3 months.

Speaking to reporters after Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara, Kurtulmus said that the assembled ministers decided that the state of emergency would be extended as of Oct. 19 for 90 more days, with parliament’s approval.

“Turkey will determinately fight against all terror organizations,” Kurtulmus said.

The National Security Council last week had advised extending the state of emergency.

After the deadly July 15 coup attempt – blamed by the government on the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) – which martyred more than 240 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, Turkey declared a state of emergency on July 20. 

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. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ekim 2016, 20:21