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Turkey to extend state of emergency for sixth time

AFP  |  Ankara 

The Turkish today said plans to extend the imposed after the 2016 failed coup for the sixth time, despite criticism that it is used to target Ankara's critics.

said the state of emergency will be "extended one more time" for three months and would be discussed at the next Council (MGK) meeting. The latest extension is set to end on January 19.

The MGK will have to first recommend the move and the subject will again return to the cabinet, Bozdag told reporters in after a ministers' meeting chaired by Turkish

The then has to formally approve the extension.

The emergency was introduced a few days after the attempted overthrow of Erdogan on July 15, 2016, blamed on the group led by US-based Islamic

Gulen denies the charges but authorities have used the emergency measures to crack down on those alleged to have links to his movement as well as outlawed Kurdish militants.

Since the attempted coup, over 55,000 people have been arrested while more than 140,000 public sector workers, including judges and teachers, have been suspended or sacked.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:05 IST