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Turkey likely to extend state of emergency

AP , Monday 17 Apr 2017
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A day after winning a referendum on expanding the president's powers, Turkey's government is focused on extending a controversial state of emergency by a further three months.

Turkey's National Security Council is scheduled to meet on Monday to recommend renewing the state of emergency, which expires on April 19. It would be followed by a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan where the recommendation is expected to be endorsed.

Turkey declared the state of emergency to facilitate its crackdown on the network of followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the a failed coup attempt in July.

Critics say the government has used the emergency powers to jail other opponents.

More than 40,000 people have been arrested and an estimated 100,000 people have been purged from government jobs under the state of emergency.

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