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Turkey: Steps pledged to lift state of emergency

Turkey: Steps pledged to lift state of emergency

ANKARA: In the wake of Sunday’s elections Turkey’s new government will take necessary steps to the lift the state of emergency, the government spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Speaking to newschannel A Haber, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a strong will to lift the state of emergency and the government will take steps for this.

“The will is clear. There is a will to lift the state of emergency and the framework and time period of this will be determined and we will take steps accordingly,” he said.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a defeated coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. It was since extended by the government.l

In the run-up to Sunday’s polls, Erdogan spoke of lifting the state of emergency.

Bozdag also stated that the results of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections published by Anadolu Agency were correct, rejecting claims of manipulation.

He underlined that matching the Anadolu Agency’s numbers with data from the Turkey’s Supreme Election Council showed the agency’reporting was correct, honest and reliable.

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