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Turkey Lifts Emergency after 2 Years

  • The state of emergency was finally lifted on Thursday from Turkey. This came 2 years after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was nearly toppled from a dramatic coup attempt. State-run Anadolu news agency announced the news. It says “To enact a state of emergency, the government must foresee serious indications of widespread violence which may interfere with the democratic environment or basic constitutional rights and freedoms of its citizens.”
    The emergency was declared on 20 July 2016 after a coup attempt injured more than 1,400 and left at least 290 dead in a chaotic night of violence.