Turkish National Security Council Recommends Extension to State of Emergency

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures while delivering a speech during a rally of supporters a day after the referendum, outside the Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, April 17, 2017. Turkey’s main opposition party urged the country’s electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new powers to Erdogan, citing what it called substantial voting irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey’s National Security Council is recommending an extension to the state of emergency, declared following a failed coup last summer.

The council announced its recommendation “to ensure the continuity of precautions to protect the principle of the state of law and the rights and freedoms of our citizens.” It didn’t specify a timeframe. The state of emergency was to expire April 19.

The move comes a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a referendum on expanding his powers.

Turkey imposed the state of emergency to crack down on the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt. Gulen denies any involvement.

If approved, it will be the third extension of the state of emergency in Turkey.

Source: Associated Press