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Will Turkish elections take place under emergency rule?

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Government spokesman Bekir Bozdağ announced on Jan. 8 that the state of emergency would be extended for another three months as of Jan. 19. The emergency rule was declared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government on July 20, 2016 shortly after the military coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

Throughout 2016, and in the first months of 2017, there were a number of terrorist attacks carried out not only by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but also by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its affiliates. These attacks, which claimed many lives in Turkey, were a consequence of the civil war in Syria.

Back then both President Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım had valid reasons to defend extending the emergency rule, in addition to the ongoing operations within governmental agencies to purge alleged members of the illegal network of Fethullah........

© Hürriyet Daily News