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Turkey: The Politics and Economics of Extending Emergency Rule

The state of emergency in Turkey allows the executive to issue statutory decrees, effectively diminishing the role of parliament and the cabinet. It must be renewed every three months and was last extended by another three months on 11 October 2016, coming up for renewal on 19 January. There are both political and economic reasons why the state of emergency is becoming costly for Turkey and the AKP. Extending the state of emergency gives the sense that the AKP is powerless to improve the security environment. In October the first extension of the emergency law created discontent within the AKP and was criticized by the economy and finance ministers.

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