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Erdogan says Turkey emergency rule to continue "until everything settles down" - media
March 2, 2017 / 10:57 AM / 9 months ago

Erdogan says Turkey emergency rule to continue "until everything settles down" - media

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said emergency rule, government decrees and dismissals of staff suspected of links to last July’s attempted coup will continue until “everything settles down”, NTV and other news channels reported on Thursday.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files

Emergency rule was imposed in Turkey after the failed putsch on July 15, enabling the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms when deemed necessary.

Erdogan was speaking to reporters on his airplane on his return from a visit to Pakistan. Turks will vote on April 16 on a constitutional reform sharply boosting the president’s powers.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Daren Butler

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