Turkey to extend state of emergency for another 3 months

Turkey to extend state of emergency for another 3 months

Turkey will extend the state of emergency imposed after the 2016 coup attempt for another three months, deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday, the sixth such extension of an emergency rule that has ushered in a sweeping crackdown, Arab News reports.

“The state of emergency will be extended again,” Bozdag told reporters following a cabinet meeting. He said the national security council was due to discuss the extension and that the cabinet would later approve it.

The current period of the emergency rule is scheduled to end on January 19. With the latest three-month extension, Turkey will have completed more than a year and a half under emergency rule, which was imposed on July 20, 2016.

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