Turkey ends state of emergency after two years

Latest news

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (file picture)Image copyright Reuters
    Image caption Mr Erdogan won re-election last month

    The Turkish government has ended the nationwide state of emergency that was imposed two years ago after a failed coup attempt, state media say.

    Under the state of emergency, tens of thousands of people were arrested or dismissed from their jobs.

    However the government has decided against extending it again after seven three-month renewals.

    The decision comes weeks after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won re-election.

    During the campaign, opposition candidates said that the first thing they would do if they won would be to end the state of emergency.

    More than 107,000 people have been removed from public sector jobs by emergency decree since the state of emergency began and more than 50,000 people have been imprisoned pending trial, according to official statistics and NGOs.

    Many of those dismissed are alleged to be supporters of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States and is a former ally of Mr Erdogan.

    Turkey accuses Mr Gulen and his followers of organising the coup, but he denies it.

    The 2016 coup attempt saw parliament bombed by military aircraft and more than 250 people killed.

    Media playback is unsupported on your device

    Media captionWho’s been affected by Turkey’s state of emergency?
    View the original article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44881328


    In the same category are

    Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A satellite image shows Hurricane Willa off Mexico's Pacific coastHurricane Willa, a storm described by for...
    Two unborn babies’ spines repaired in womb in UK surgery first Two unborn babies have had their spines repaired by surgeons - weeks before they were born. The operations - which are the first ever of their kind in...
    The day my friend stopped me walking into the sea By Gerry Holt BBC News Image copyright Christian GreenhalghMark Newsome is in the sea when his best mate Will rings. He answers. "Mate," Will shouts ...
    What’s fact and fiction about working as a British spy? Image copyright Columbia Pictures Image caption Is life in the secret services just one big James Bond film?What's it actually like to work as a spy? ...
    Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘We want to stay true to Freddie’ Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Copy this link Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open ...
    Young couples ‘trapped in car dependency’ Image copyright Transport for New Homes Image caption The scramble to build new homes is producing communities where cars are the only form of transpo...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.