Turkey to extend state of emergency for a sixth time

The state of emergency that has been in force across Turkey since Jul. 20 2016 will be extended for a sixth time, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced on Monday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared the state of emergency days after the Jul. 15 coup attempt was thwarted last year. Under the state of emergency, known as “OHAL” in Turkey, the President has the authority to pass legislation by decree, bypassing parliament.

This, and the numerous extensions, have drawn criticism from opposition figures including the main opposition party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who said last year that the OHAL had “deactivated” parliament.

Deputy PM Bozdag was confident, however, that the proposal for a latest 3-month extension would receive the assent of the National Security Council and the simple parliamentary majority required to pass, as Cumhuriyet Newspaper reports.

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