Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency on Wednesday as he continued a crackdown following last week’s failed military coup in the country.
The state of emergency will allow the government to take swift and effective measures against supporters of the coup, he said.
Reuters noted that the move will enable Erdogan and cabinet to bypass parliament in passing new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary.
Erdogan made the announcement during a live television broadcast in front of government ministers after a nearly five-hour meeting of the National Security Council.
“The aim of the declaration of the state of emergency is to be able to take fast and effective steps against this threat against democracy, the rule of law and rights and freedoms of our citizens,” he said.
About 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended, detained or are under investigation since Friday’s military coup attempt.
Before announcing the state of emergency, Erdogan said the sweep was not yet over and that he believed foreign countries might have been involved in the attempt to overthrow him.
Around a third of Turkey’s roughly 360 serving generals have been detained since the coup attempt, according to Reuters
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