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Lifting state of emergency should not merely be an election promise

15 9 2

With nearly two weeks left until the June 24 elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that his government would terminate the state of emergency that has been in place since July 2016, in the event that he is re-elected as head of the nation.

This has been one of the most important promises of all the opposition leaders since the very beginning of the election campaign. In this regard, whoever wins the presidency will not extend the state of emergency, ending the two-year rule.

It is important to recall: The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had imposed the state of emergency right after the failed bloody coup in July 2016 in order to fight the coup plotters, to investigate the members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) who have been involved in the coup.

Although the primary target under the state of emergency was FETÖ, the scope of the crackdown in this period has massively been enlarged, as many dissident academics, politicians, journalists and civil society representatives have........

© Hürriyet Daily News