Three month state of emergency declared
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a three month state of emergency following an unsuccessful coup d’état attempt last weekend. The move comes after a recommendation by the National Security Council (NSC) and a subsequent Cabinet meeting.
The failed coup appears to have strengthened the president in the short term and he has carried out a purge of the armed forces, judiciary, educational establishments and police amongst others. The blame for the coup is being made against Fethullah Gülen, a former ally of the president, who now lives in the United States. Gülenists have long been blamed for every woe of the country and it is little surprise that he has been blamed for the coup attempt. The Turkish government is asking the United States to extradite Mr Gülen despite his denial of any involvement and his condemnation of the coup.
Internationally governments are becoming increasingly concerned about the autocratic nature of the president’s rule and his apparent willingness to ignore the country’s constitution.
The country has suffered a number of terrorist attacks in recent months some of which have been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). There is also a civil war in progress in the south-east of the country against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has further destabilised the security of the country.
The text of the press release from the NSC as published on the presidential website is as follows:
“NSC Recommends Government to Declare State of Emergency
A written statement issued following the meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) read that the NSC recommended the government to declare state of emergency under Article 120 of the Constitution with the purpose of effectively implementing the measures that aim to safeguard citizens’ rights and freedoms and our democracy’s rule of law principle.
The National Security Council convened under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex on 20 July 2016.
The Secretariat of the National Security Council issued a written statement following the meeting of the Council of Ministers, which also convened at the Presidential Complex right after the meeting of the National Security Council.
Noting that the treason gang, named the Gulenist Terrorist Organization, launched an armed coup attempt on 15 July 2016 through its members within the Turkish Armed Forces, the statement read that the organization in question aimed to seize the control of the nation and the state by means of the civil-society organizations, media outlets, trade organizations, public officials and educational institutions, which it had taken under its influence starting from its foundation.
“OUR NATION DIDN’T LEAVE THE SQUARES TO THE GANG-MEMBER TERRORISTS AND TRAITORS”
“This attempt of the Gulenist Terrorist Organization, which tried to seize control of the country by mobilizing bloodthirsty cruel terrorists in uniforms embedded in the Turkish Armed Forces, has failed thanks to the sagacity, courage and self-sacrifice of our nation,” the statement underlined and it continued: “In this historic process, our political parties, civil-society organizations, media outlets and our august nation, who defended the national will and democracy at the cost of their lives, united against the coup attempt irrespective of their differences of opinion, and didn’t leave the squares to the gang-member terrorists and traitors. Our state, joining forces with the nation, quelled the armed coup attempt before evening of the following day and took the situation under control.”
“THE RECOMMENDATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCE IS AIMED AT ELIMINATING THREATS AGAINST RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS”
The statement, in which the Council members expressed their wishes for Allah’s mercy upon all martyred civilians, police officers, and soldiers as well as for a speedy recovery to the veterans, concluded as follows: “Our Council once again reaffirmed its commitment to democracy, fundamental rights and freedoms, and the rule of law. The steps that should be taken henceforth were evaluated in detail. In this regard, the Council decided to recommend the government to declare state of emergency under Article 120 of the Constitution with the purpose of effectively implementing the measures that aim to safeguard citizens’ rights and freedoms and our democracy’s rule of law principle. This recommendation is simply and purely aimed at facilitating the works to be done to eliminate threats against rights and freedoms.”
Respectfully announced to the public.”