Erdogan’s ally wants state of emergency extended

Turkey should extend its nearly two-year state of emergency for some more time, a senior member of the nationalist MHP party allied to President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party said on Tuesday.

President Erdogan has said he will remove the state of emergency soon.

In response to a failed coup in 2016, Turkey had earlier imposed a state of emergency which limits free movement and permits the government rule by decrees bypassing Parliament.

Mustafa Kalayci, MHP deputy chairman, also told CNN Turk broadcaster that “his party would not bargain with the president over seats in Turkey’s new Cabinet following Sunday’s elections, in which the AKP and the MHP secured a parliamentary majority.”

Since 2016, several arrests have been made as the government had planned to bring to the book those who had a hand in the coup.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday that “Turkish authorities have ordered the detention of 132 people in nationwide operations targeting suspected supporters of a US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup two years ago.”

In a separate series of operations, authorities ordered the detention of 102 others, including soldiers and security personnel, across 23 provinces, Anadolu said.

Erdogan was reelected as the country’s President on Sunday.
French President Emmanuel Macron has congratulated Erdogan over his win in the election on Sunday, Macron’s office said on Tuesday.

“The French president has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan and wished the Turkish people success in the economic and social development of their country and in the democratic functioning of their institutions,” an Elysee Palace source said.

Donald Trump had also sent his hearty congratulations to the President with hope of working together.

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