Ankara: The Turkish parliament has decided to extend the state of emergency for 90 more days in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks by IS and to maintain the purge against Fateh Ullah Gulen’s supporter.
Turkish parliament has made this decision after the a lone gunman killed 39 people on New Year’s Eve in a nightclub in Istanbul.
Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy prime minister of Turkey had said before the voting in parliament: “The purge of FETO from the state has not been completed. We need the implementation of emergency rule until FETO and all terror groups have been purged from the state”.
On Tuesday legislators of Turkey’s nationalist party and the ruling party voted in favor of extending the emergency powers of the government in parliament until April 20. The main focus of the emergency is the purge against the disciples and followers of Fateh Ullah Gulen.
Gulen is a prominent muslim cleric of Turkey with a huge following, he is currently living in United States.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan the president of Turkey has accused Gulen for orchestrating the failed coup and has demanded that United States should hand him over to Turkey. However, Fateh Ullah Gulen has denied any involvement in the incident.
Since the failed coup attempt the government of Turkey has made almost 41,000 arrests and have suspended or dismissed more than 100,000 government officials including police officers, teachers, judges and journalists . Numerous businesses, associations and media outlets have also been banned.
The state of emergency lets the government to bypass parliament and suspend basic human rights if they think it’s necessary.
The prolonged state of emergency has been criticized and Turkish government is being blamed for using the coup as an excuse to crackdown its political opponents including the pro-Kurdish politicians.
Turkey had imposed the state of emergency after a failed coup attempt last year, it had been extended earlier and it was going to expire on January 17, but the parliament has once again extended the emergency for 3 more months.