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State of Emergency Extended in Turkey

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Turkey experienced an attempted coup by a faction of the military on the night of July 15, 2016. After the attempted coup, the Council of Ministers announced a three month state of emergency starting on July 21, 2016. The Council of Ministers decided to extend this term for another three months, effective October 19, 2016. The decision to extend the state of emergency was approved by the Parliament on October 11, 2016, and published in Turkey’s official gazette on October 13, 2016.

During the extension period, the Council of Ministers will be entitled to issue executive orders (kanun hükmünde kararname) that carry the same legal force as laws, limiting certain rights and freedoms in order to reestablish public security and order, as well as to take certain extraordinary measures listed under the State Emergency Law No. 2935.