Turkey Coup Attempt: Three-months State of emergency declared by Erdoğan


Istanbul:  Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proclaimed that the state of emergency will be conducted for three months across the country. This decision was taken by Turkey president on Wednesday in context of bloody failed rebellion attempt.

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"This practice is absolutely not against democracy, rule of law and freedom-the opposite. It has the purposes of protecting and strengthening these values," he said.

"In order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organisation involved in the coup attempt the state of emergency will be conducted "he said.

"We will not compromise on financial discipline," he said, adding "there will be no liquidity problem."

"We believe the polarisation of Turkey's political landscape has further eroded its institutional checks and balances," the agency said.

"I would like to underline that the declaration of the state of emergency has the sole purpose of taking the necessary measures, in the face of the terrorist threat that our country is facing," he said.

“This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms,” he added. “On the contrary it aims to protect and strengthen them.”

“The president, who has said he narrowly escaped being killed or captured by renegade military units, suggested that purges would continue within military ranks.

“As the commander in chief, I will also attend to it so that all the viruses within the armed forces will be cleansed,” Erdogan said.

In 2002, martial law-like emergency rule was imposed by Turkey in the southeast of Turkey in 1987, followed by curfews, issue search, arrest warrants and restrict gatherings.

Authorities have rounded up about 9,000 people including 115 generals, 350 officers, 4,800 other military personnel and 60 military high school students _ for alleged involvement in the coup attempt. Turkey’s defense ministry has also sacked at least 262 military court judges and prosecutors, according to Turkish media reports.

The instability is hurting confidence in the Turkish economy. The Turkish currency dropped to 1.8 percent against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, trading at a low for the year of just over 3 lira to the dollar.

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The purges against suspected Gulen supporters follow earlier aggressive moves by Erdogan’s administration against Gulen loyalists in the government, police and judiciary following corruption probes targeting Erdogan associates and family members in late 2013 prosecutions the government says were orchestrated by Gulen.