Following the recommendation by the National Security Board (MGK), the Turkish government has decided to extend its state of emergency for a further three months, one day after a key referendum changing Turkey’s system of government was narrowly approved.
“The state of emergency is not an issue of fantasy for Turkey or a measure to ease the work of the government,” Numan Kurtulmuş, a spokesman for the government and deputy prime minister, told reporters after a cabinet meeting late on April 17. Kurtulmuş said the cabinet approved the advice of the MGK for the extension of the state of emergency and that parliament was expected to vote on it on April 18.
Turkey declared a state of emergency on July 20, 2016, in an apparent attempt to fight against the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO), which has been blamed for the coup.
Both the cabinet and the MGK held a meeting, chaired by President Erdogan at the Presidential palace.
“A very tough struggle is being carried out against all terror organisations,” Kurtulmuş said.
“This is not just a matter of the government. This is about the security of Turkey, a matter of survival.”
Parliament will vote on the governmental demand for the extension of the state of emergency later on today.