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Turkey declares state of emergency

21 July 2016

Turkey has declared a state of emergency.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced late on Wednesday, a nationwide three-month state of emergency after the failed coup attempt on July 15.

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,” Erdoğan said.

After a series of National Security Council and Cabinet meetings – the first since the coup – Erdoğan made a statement saying the three-month state of emergency was being declared under Article 120 of the Turkish Constitution.

Hurriyet

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