Turkey's constitution allows for state of emergency

July 20, 2016 19:08


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Turkey's constitution allows for the declaration of a state of emergency but citizens are unlikely to be negatively affected if one is declared, a senior lawmaker from the ruling AK Party said on Wednesday.

Mustafa Sentop, who heads the constitution commission in the Turkish parliament, was speaking shortly after a meeting of the National Security Council (MGK), which discussed emergency measures to be taken following last weekend's abortive military coup.

Speaking in an interview with the broadcaster NTV, Sentop said he did not know whether the MGK would announce a state of emergency, adding that constitutionally one could remain in force for a period of up to six months.

The MGK is expected to announce its decisions later on Wednesday.

Sentop also said he believed the death penalty should be restored for certain crimes such as trying to change the constitutional order by force.

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