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Erdogan: No Obstacle To Extending State Of Emergency


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (file photo)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (file photo)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there is no obstacle to extending Turkey's state of emergency beyond the initial three months.

A state of emergency came into force in Turkey on July 21, a move Erdogan said was necessary after the failed coup attempt on July 15 that left more than 260 people dead and 1,500 injured.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency on July 21, Erdogan also said that the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government has blamed for masterminding the coup attempt, would be treated in Turkey as a separatist terrorist organization.

Erdogan, who has been accused of becoming authoritarian, said there were significant failures in intelligence ahead of the failed coup and that the military would be promptly restructured.

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He also said a new coup attempt was possible but said "we are more vigilant."

There have been 10,400 detentions made since the coup attempt and a further 4,060 people arrested, including 103 military generals, he added.

Based on reporting by Reuters
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