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Turkey to extend state of emergency by three months

Turkey's government has extended the country's state of emergency for three more months.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus on Monday said the National Security Council had recommended extending the state of emergency, set to expire on April 19, "to provide the continuance of measures aimed at securing the rights and freedoms of citizens."

Parliament is to meet on Tuesday to vote on the recommendation.

It will be the third extension of the state of emergency in Turkey since it was initially imposed following a failed coup attempt by a group within the military in July 2016. 

The decision enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new decrees, but critics say the move could suspend rights and freedoms.


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