Turkey's Parliament formally approves state of emergency motion

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 21.07.2016 00:00
Updated 21.07.2016 18:56
Turkey's Parliament formally approves state of emergency motion

Turkey's Parliament approved the government's bill on declaration of the state of emergency for a three month period on Thursday, which went into effect early in the day upon government's proposal.

461 deputies attended to the voting at the general assembly, of which 346 voted in favor of the bill, while 115 deputies voted against it.

The bill was largely supported by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Nationalist Movement Part (MHP) deputies, while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies voted against the bill.

Following the vote, Prime Minister addressed to the general assembly to thank the deputies. "This state of emergency was not declared by the state against the nation, but declared against the state itself" Yıldırım said as an assurance for minimum effect of the decision for civil liberties.

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