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Erdogan Signals Preference for Longer Turkey Emergency Rule

  • Government needs longer to purge followers of cleric Gulen
  • President draws parallels with France after terrorist attacks
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the government to extend the state of emergency, saying that “even 12 months” won’t be long enough to finish a crackdown following July’s coup attempt. The lira weakened.

Turkey has fired about 100,000 people from public and military positions since the failed putsch in July, accusing them of supporting its alleged mastermind, U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Emergency rule allows the government to issue decrees with the force of law, and the government has used it to seize hundreds of schools and companies it says have links to Gulen’s followers. Gulen has denied any involvement in the coup.