President declares three-month state of emergency in Turkey

FINAL UPDATE By Agencies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the country will be placed under a “state of emergency” for three months, in response to the failed coup.

In a televised address on Wednesday, Erdogan said the decision was made following a meeting with members of the national security council.

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.

Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency was being declared under Article 120 of the Turkish Constitution.

He also said later that the state of emergency could be extended even further.

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