Turkey to extend state of emergency for 3 months

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to turn his back on the EU and “initiate plan B”

Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who was accused of instigating the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previous year, said that he does not plan on leaving the U.S.to avoid extradition and that he is willing to be sent back to Turkey if Washington requests it.

The emergency measure had been brought in after the coup attempt and was about to expire on Wednesday.

None of that mattered during the three-and-a-half months she was in jail. SAR reports that 6,495 academics and administrators have been dismissed from their positions by emergency decree and are barred from leaving Turkey or obtaining other public-sector work in the country.

"We have to celebrate this victory of the people, how they overcame the tanks, and how they stood for their democracy".

So far, more than 50,000 people have been detained, not just from the military, but also journalists, lawyers, human-rights workers and opposition MPs. Meanwhile, 150,000 teachers, lawmakers, lawyers, academics and journalists lost their jobs and were effectively purged from society in the past year, analysts say. Mr Gulen denies the allegation.

"We are talking about a structure (going back) more than 40 years, hence it is not possible to cleanse it in one day".

Erdogan said the claims his country persecuted journalists were lies, despite the fact that hundreds of press passes had been removed in the past year.

"I want you to know that those you know as being members of the press are mostly people who aided and abetted terror".

On July 15, 2016, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country as a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

Erdogan is granting interviews to selected foreign media as part of the commemorative events marking the quashing of the coup attempt. Even recently they did it during the justice march.

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