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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after failed coup

A pro-government rally in Taksim Square, Istanbul (AP)
A pro-government rally in Taksim Square, Istanbul (AP)

The Turkish president has declared a three-month state of emergency following the failed coup.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the measure is being taken to counter threats to Turkish democracy and was not intended to curb basic freedoms.

He spoke after a meeting with Cabinet ministers and top security advisers.

The insurrection by some military units was launched late on Friday, but security forces and protesters loyal to the government quashed the rebellion.

Mr Erdogan said the pro-government death toll in the botched coup was 246.


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