Turkey president rules out lifting state of emergency

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 14:37 GMT, Jul 12, 2017 |

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (July 12) ruled out an immediate end to the year-old state of emergency imposed after a failed coup.

Earlier on Wednesday Turkish authorities detained 14 army officers and issued warrants for the detention of 51 people, including 34 former employees of state broadcaster TRT, for suspected links to the coup, local media reported.

“I had an interview with an international media organisation. They asked if the emergency rule will finish. It will finish when this business is completely out the way,” Erdogan said. He did not give a more specific time frame.

Ankara imposed the state of emergency soon after the coup attempt last July, when a group of rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, helicopters and warplanes and attacked parliament in a bid to overthrow the government, killing more than 240 people.