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Turkey should remove emergency rule: Economy minister

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It has been nearly 14 months since Turkey imposed a state of emergency after the bloody coup attempt of July 2016, in a bid to fight against the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ).

Through the vast authorities provided under the state of emergency, the government has arrested thousands of people and expelled tens of thousands of civil servants suspected of having links to FETÖ from state offices.

Through decree laws the government has also restructured many key state institutions, abolished military schools and hospitals, and overhauled judicial bodies, in a bid to strengthen the state against potential coup attempts in the future.

However, the use of authorities given to the government through emergency rule to widen the crackdown on opposition groups, critical media and dissidents has stirred debate both inside and outside Turkey. The arrest of critical........

© Hürriyet Daily News