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Three-month state of emergency declared in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes historic announcement after National Security Council, Cabinet meetings.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday a nationwide three-month state of emergency after Friday’s failed coup that martyred hundreds of people and injured over 1,500 others.

Speaking at presidential complex after back-to-back National Security Council and Cabinet meetings – the first since the coup – Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency was being declared under Article 120 of the Turkish Constitution.

According to Anadolu Agency, under Article 120, in the event of serious indications of widespread acts of violence aimed at the destruction of the free democratic order, a state of emergency may be declared in one or more regions or throughout the country for a period not exceeding six months.

“The purpose of the state of emergency is to most effectively and swiftly take steps necessary to eliminate the threat to democracy in our country, the rule of law, and the rights and freedom of our citizens,” Erdogan said.

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