Turkey Extends State of Emergency

Turkey extended its state of emergency by three months, its third such extension after a coup attempt July 2016.

The powers allow governments in Turkey to impose curfews, forbid access to some public and private areas, and restrict social meetings, gatherings and rallies.

Turkey’s Council of Ministers and National Security Council (MGK), which are chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had approved the measures prior to its submission to parliament.

The Council of Ministers had advised the extension of the current state of emergency in an attempt to provide the continuance of measures aimed at securing the rights and freedoms of citizens.

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

Turkey declared a state of emergency on July 20, 2016 after the failed coup attempt killed 249 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, which the Turkish government blames on followers under the direction of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States.