State of Emergency to be lifted after cabinet revealed Monday – Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, whose post is shortly to be abolished as part of the transition to a presidential system, has said that Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency is to be lifted after the new cabinet is announced on Monday, state news agency Anadolu said.

“The new cabinet will be revealed on Monday and thus the state of emergency will be completed,” Yıldırım said.

“France was ruled under state of emergency for 719 days. For what reason? After a terrorist attack. Not after a coup or an uprising.”

Special measures would be introduced in a final decree to ensure the fight against terror was not impeded by the lifting of the state of emergency, he said.

Asked about rumours he could be selected as the speaker of the parliament for this next term, Yıldırım said he was not the one in charge of making the decision.

He also revealed that the 2023 elections could be a trifecta, with local elections brought forward together with the presidential and parliamentary elections.