Turkey’s Erdoğan pledges limit to state of emergency decrees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that future state of emergency decrees will be limited to anti-terror measures and the returning of suspended public sector workers to their jobs, secular newspaper Hürriyet said.

“From now on, decrees will only be related to regulations for security and the fight against terror and the return of people to their duties,” it quoted Erdoğan as saying. “Other regulations will be on the agenda of the parliament.”

Erdoğan also said that a new decree would be issued returning to work those wrongly removed from their jobs for mistakenly downloading mobile applications that connected to IP addresses associated with messaging app ByLock and freeing those jailed for the same reason.

The government has associated ByLock with membership of the Fethullah Gülen movement, a religious sect run by an exile preacher that it says was behind Turkey’s July 2016 failed coup attempt.

State of emergency powers instituted since the coup attempt allow the government to rule by decree.


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