Yahoo – AFP, 20 Jul 2016
|Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish national flags during a rally at |
Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey in order to hunt down all those deemed to be behind an attempted coup.
The state of emergency was needed "in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organisation involved in the coup attempt," he said at the presidential palace in Ankara.
Turkey has accused the group of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup and acting as a terror group. Gulen vehemently denies the charge.
"The decision has been made to declare the state of emergency for a period of three months," he said at a news conference.
He said the state of emergency is a measure "against the terror threat facing our country".
The announcement followed long meetings of Turkey's national security council and cabinet chaired by Erdogan at the presidential palace.
Erdogan vowed that democracy would not be compromised in Turkey.
"We have never made compromises on democracy. And we will never make" them, Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.