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Turkey's parliament approves 3-month state of emergency


07-22-2016 14:20 BJT

Turkey’s parliament has approved a three-month state of emergency in the country following last weekend’s failed military coup.

In his first statement since declaring a state of emergency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there were significant intelligence failures prior to the coup attempt. He also justified the move would enable authorities to take measures against the coup supporters. He added the armed forces would be quickly restructured.

“Within a short amount of time a new structure will be emerging. With this new structure, the armed forces, I believe, will get fresh blood. I also think that after all that has come to pass we think that they must have withdrawn very important lessons,” Erdogan said.

“Unfortunately, in this incident, it is very clear that there were significant gaps and deficiencies in our intelligence. There is no point trying to hide it or deny it. I said it to the head of national intelligence.”

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