Turkey extends state of emergency for three more months
The General Assembly approved the Prime Ministry’s motion calling for the extension, which would become effective as of Oct. 19, 1 a.m. (22:00 GMT).
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had voted in favor of the extension, while main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) had opposed it.
Addressing the General Assembly on Oct. 17, Deputy Premier Bekir Bozdağ backed the extension and said Turkey would continue to fight against terrorist organizations, including the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) under the state of emergency.
“The state of emergency will end as soon as certain necessary conditions are met,” Bozdağ said.
“The extension in the state of emergency annoys terrorist organizations, including the PKK, FETÖ and the DHKP-C [Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front]. Because the state of emergency is being carried out quickly and distinctly for them, those who support such terrorist organizations are also disturbed by it,” he said.
He urged the parliament to stay united in the fight against FETÖ.
“The fight with FETÖ should be the common fight of the nation and the Turkish parliament,” he added.
“July 15 was an attempt to occupy Turkey,” said Akçay, referring to the coup attempt in 2016. The MHP has backed the extension of the state of emergency since it was first proclaimed after the coup bid.
CHP lawmaker Onursal Adıgüzel said the parliament had not surrendered to FETÖ traitors.
“We will continue to stand against every kind of terrorism,” said Adıgüzel.
The CHP wants the ongoing state of emergency to end soon.
To enact the state of emergency, the government must see serious indications of widespread violence that could interfere with Turkey’s democratic environment or its citizens’ basic rights and freedoms as established by the constitution.