A supporter holds a flag depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016.
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Turkey coup: Erdogan declares state of emergency

Turkey's president has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night's failed coup.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking after a cabinet meeting in Ankara.

The state of emergency was needed "in order to remove this threat as soon as possible", said Mr Erdogan, adding that it would strengthen democracy, rule of law and freedom.

  • 20 Jul 2016
  • From the section Europe
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