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Erdogan hints at lifting state of emergency after polls


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday the government may discontinue the state of emergency after this month's elections, APA reports quoting AA.

 

Speaking during a special live broadcast on CNN Turk on the elections, Erdogan said the government will discuss the matter and make necessary assessments to lift the state of emergency imposed following the deadly coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

 

"The state of emergency could possibly be discussed and lifted after the elections," he stressed.

 

Early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey are scheduled for June 24.

 

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a deadly coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

 

On April 18 this year, the government extended the ongoing state of emergency for three months for the seventh time.

 

Erdogan said the fight against the FETO terror group continues "with the same tempo as the night of July 15, 2016".

 

Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

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