Turkey’s President declares state of emergency after coup attempt

Turkey’s President declares state of emergency after coup attempt

Turkey’s President declares state of emergency after coup attempt

Written by Staff Writer

21 Jul, 2016 | 9:08 am

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night’s failed army coup.

The decision, announced in a televised press conference on Wednesday night, came after marathon meetings of the country’s national security council and the cabinet in Ankara.

The declaration could be used to extend the detention of nearly 10,000 people rounded up since the failed coup.

More than 600 schools have been closed and thousands of state workers sacked in a crackdown by the president.

Article 121 of the Turkish constitution, which regulates the state of emergency, requires parliament to give its consent to the decision and sets a maximum period of six months for it. It allows the cabinet under the chairmanship of the president to issue decrees that have the force of law on matters relating to the state of emergency.

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