Given or forced to be given? The latter more likely. Wonder what is going to happen to those 50,000 people who Erdogan arrested once he gets his new ‘powers’. This man needs to be stopped!
Turkish lawmakers convened Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would allow him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week’s failed coup.
The 550-member parliament is set to approve Erdogan’s request for a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party account for 317 members in the chamber.
In an address to the nation late Wednesday, Erdogan announced a Cabinet decision to seek the additional powers, saying the state of emergency would give the government the tools to rid the military of the “virus” of subversion.
The measure would give Erdogan the authority to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees that have the force of law without parliamentary approval, among other powers.
Even without the emergency measures, the government has already imposed a crackdown that has included mass arrests and closing hundreds of schools. Nearly 10,000 people have been arrested and over 58,880 civil service employees including teachers, university deans and police have been dismissed, suspended, forced to resign or had their licenses revoked.
Turkish state media said Thursday that a further 32 judges and two military officers had been detained by authorities,
Although the state of emergency measure seemed certain to pass, it was slammed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party, CHP, as going too far.
CHP lawmaker Ozgur Ozel said the decision would amount to a “civilian coup” against Parliament and was a display of “ingratitude” to all the legislators who had gathered in the assembly to oppose the coup attempt.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek defended the move, saying he hoped the state of emergency would be short-lived. He said it would be used to go after “rogue” elements within the state and that there could have been “carnage in the streets” had the military coup succeeded.
“We owe it to our people to go after them,” he said. “We will have a legal framework for it.”
Simsek said that “standards of the European Court of Human Rights will be upheld,” but didn’t elaborate.
“There will be no curfews. There will be no restriction of movement other than for the suspects,” Simsek said.
Under the Turkish Constitution, the emergency measures allow the government to “partially or entirely” suspend “the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms,” so long as that doesn’t violate international law obligations. Lawmakers can sanction a state of emergency for a period of up to six months.