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Turkish parliament to extend state of emergency following referendum

Staff Writer |
Turkey's ongoing state of emergency is due to be extended by the country's parliament on Tuesday, two days after a majority of voters chose to grant greater powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The step was approved by the cabinet on Monday and is widely expected to pass in parliament, where Erdogan's Islamic-conservative Justice and Development Party has an absolute majority.

Extending the state of emergency "would further endanger human rights and the rule of law, which have already been badly damaged in Turkey," Human Rights Watch said in a statement released Tuesday.

The emergency laws first went into effect in July of last year after a failed coup, which Erdogan blames on the followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. They have been extended every three months since then.

A large number of executive decrees hinge on the state of emergency, including those that facilitated purges of the civil service and the imprisonment of tens of thousands of alleged Gulen supporters.

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