Coup at­tempt: Govt de­clares state of emer­gency

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Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties Thurs­day im­posed a three-month state of emer­gency, strength­en­ing pow­ers to round up sus­pects ac­cused of stag­ing the failed mil­i­tary coup de­spite global alarm over a widen­ing purge.

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan de­clared the state of emer­gency, the first in Turkey in one and a half decades, shortly be­fore mid­night af­ter an al­most five-hour meet­ing of his na­tional se­cu­rity coun­cil.

The de­ci­sion was then pub­lished in the of­fi­cial gazette Thurs­day morn­ing, mean­ing it has now of­fi­cially en­tered into force.

He said the na­tion­wide mea­sure would al­low Turkey to be cleared of “ter­ror­ists” linked to US-based preacher Fethul­lah Gulen, whom the pres­i­dent ac­cuses of mas­ter­mind­ing the failed coup from his leafy com­pound in Penn­syl­va­nia.

The state of emer­gency was needed “in or­der to re­move swiftly all the el­e­ments of the ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volved in the coup at­tempt,” Er­do­gan said at the presidential palace in Ankara.

Mean­while, a Greek court has handed down a twom­onth sus­pended prison sen­tence to eight Turk­ish mil­i­tary per­son­nel who fled to Greece aboard a he­li­copter in the hours af­ter last week’s at­tempted coup in their coun­try.

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