Turkish parliament to debate extension of state of emergency on July 17

Turkish parliament to debate extension of state of emergency on July 17

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Turkish parliament to debate extension of state of emergency on July 17

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The Turkish parliament will debate whether or not to extend the ongoing state of emergency in Turkey for another three months on July 17, a source from the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group has said.        

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım had signaled in their speeches earlier that the state of emergency would be extended.    
The extension is expected to become effective on July 19, the source said.     

Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is expected to support the move in the general assembly.        
Turkey declared a state of emergency on July 20, 2016, after the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.        
During the state of emergency, the cabinet has the right to issue statutory decrees under the president of the republic without regard to routine procedures and restrictions in Article 91 of the country’s constitution.

These decrees are first published in the official gazette and then submitted to parliament for ratification.        
The deputies will also debate the Prime Ministry’s resolution aimed at extending the term of duty of Turkish soldiers in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, also known as UNIFIL.       

The term of duty of the soldiers, which was first approved by parliament in September 2006, will be extended from Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2018.      

UNIFIL was established in 1978 when Israel withdrew from Lebanon. The peacekeeping force is intended to provide security and help the Lebanese government rebuild its authority.

Almost 10,600 troops from 40 countries are part of the UNIFIL mission.    
The parliament will also vote to deploy troops to the Central African Republic and Mali as part of a U.N.-approved EU peacekeeping mission.        

Meanwhile, the parliament’s constitutional committee will continue to debate the changes to a number of parliamentary bylaws.        

The bylaw changes are expected to come to the agenda of the general assembly after July 24. The changes, agreed by the AKP and the MHP, are aimed at improving the parliament’s efficiency.    
In the April 16 referendum, Turkish voters approved a package of constitutional changes, handing wide-ranging executive powers to the president and eliminating the post of prime minister, and also allowing the president to retain ties to a political party.