State of emergency set to run to mid-October in 5th extension since coup
It has been a year since a “state of emergency” was announced on July 19, 2016 following a Gulenist military coup attempt on July 15 and a new extension to the emergency powers, which have already been extended four times in quarterly intervals, is on the way.
Parliament is going to restart work this week and its primary agenda item will be to approve this extension. The National Security Council will recommend the length of the time extension before a note from the Prime Ministry about the time extension is given to the council. After the negotiations, the parliamentary state of emergency will be extended for a further three months, until October 19.
At the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, President Erdogan made a speech indicating that the government would show no mercy on those who use the state of emergency as an excuse to block Turkey’s progress, improvement and growth. “We are going to end this practice when we don’t need it in our struggle with terror,” he said. “Gulenist terrorist organization (FETO) cases are gradually taking shape. We are proceeding significantly in our struggle against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Therefore, it is possible to end the state of emergency in the near future although it is applied in limited areas.”
CHP’s next step
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Republican People’s Party (CHP), took more than 600,000 steps on the 430 km road of his “Justice March,” which began at Guven Park in Ankara on June 15. Speaking at a meeting in Maltepe, where the march ended, Kilicdaroglu said this represented a starting point, not an end. Held for the first time in the history of Turkish politics, the march has further transported Kilicdaroglu from being a party leader into a leader of the whole opposition. Following the march, which was welcomed by a large segment of Turkey’s society, eyes have now turned to the CHP and Kilicdaroglu for the next step. The march will achieve its purpose only if it can truly become a launchpad for change. This can only be achieved if the demands of the supporters of the march are brought together under a political program. Managers from CHP have stated they are going to develop new protest methods by keeping in mind the hope that evolved during the march.
On the other hand, it has been stated that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) should carefully analyze the march. Political circles accept that a new dawn started in politics on July 9. The top priority for Turkish politics from now on will be how the government and opposition each respond to the new era in a way that will effectively chime with the Turkish public until 2019.