Turkey Declares 3-month State of Emergency Following Botched Coup against Govt

ErdoganANKARA, July 21, 2016

Wednesday 20th July 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a nationalwide three-month state of emergency following the recent botched coup against his government.

Erdogan speaking at s presidential complex after a meeting with National Security Council and members of his Cabinet said the three-month state of emergency was being declared under Article 120 of the Turkish Constitution. 

The aim of the state of emergence is to give the country time to effectively and swiftly take necessary steps in eliminating the threat to democracy of Turkey, the rule of law and the rights and freedoms of the citizens, Erdogan said in his statement.

The recent botched coup in Turkey organized by some military has left hundreds of people killed and over 1,500 others injured.

Turkey's government has said the attempted coup was organized by Gulen.

Several other coup participants have been detained and facing charges.

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