Turkey extends state of emergency for three months after coup anniversary

Turkey extends state of emergency for three months after coup anniversary

Turkey extends state of emergency for three months after coup anniversary

Following last year's coup bid, Erdogan embarked on the biggest purge in Turkey's history, arresting 50,000 people and sacking nearly three times as many.

Highlighting those worries, ten human rights activists, including Amnesty International Turkey director Idil Eser, were in court on Monday to face terrorism related charges.

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A statement from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's office earlier Monday had asked parliament to extend the state of emergency, which was due to expire on Wednesday.

This will be the fourth consecutive extension of the state of emergency following the coup attempt of 2016.

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A year after the foiled coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that he is ready to "chop off the heads" of the coup conspirators, AFP reports.

He went on to wish the Turkish government and people more success in addressing the challenges facing the country. The government says the reason to maintain the state of emergency is to fight against terror threats, primarily against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which it accuses of staging last year's coup attempt.

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According to the Turkish constitution, a state of emergency can be declared for a maximum period of six months.

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