Turkey’s Erdoğan suggests break from state of emergency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he is planning to temporarily revoke Turkey’s state of emergency after the June 24 elections, the pro-government news website Superhaber.tv said.

“After June 24, we can have a break from the state of emergency, but if there is any trouble, the state of emergency can be brought back,” he said.

Erdoğan is under pressure in the upcoming elections from four rival presidential candidates who have all promised to revoke the state of emergency, which was out in place shortly after the failed 2016 coup attempt.

Erdoğan hoped would get more than 50 percent of the vote and win the presidential election in the first round.

“We are seeing a great response ... I hope the election will be completed without going to a second round,” Erdoğan said.

“In the end, I have great experience: would you leave the shop to an apprentice?”

While acknowledging that one of his rivals, Muharrem İnce, had managed to get out a large crowd in the majority-Kurdish city of Diyarbakır, he said that the crowd was in fact made up of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party supporters rather than truly showing that İnce was popular there.