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Turkish President rules out immediate end to year-old state of emergency

Turkish President rules out immediate end to year-old state of emergency

His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a new film by Ali Avci entitled "Awakening", about the failed July 15 putsch. Last April, the country's authoritarian leader further consolidated his power through a constitutional referendum. The film portrayed Erdogan in largely admiring terms as a child and as Istanbul mayor when he was jailed for reciting a religiously themed poem. The government says the crackdown and constitutional changes are necessary to address security threats.

He said he had clearly told French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "No offence, but we will not pass it in our parliament as long as the promises made to us are not delivered". "We are concerned that, under the state of emergency, at least nine Americans and one consulate employee have been detained and imprisoned on what appear to be false charges". Some here see the protests as having a lasting impact.

The imam also leads the Hizmet movement, with supporters in Turkey. July 15 is such a date for the Turkish nation and the Turkish Republic. More than 160 media workers are in jail in Turkey, as is the director of Amnesty International's Turkey branch.

"The rumors aren't true at all", the 79-year-old cleric said in an interview with Reuters.

"Democracy watch" rallies marking the first anniversary of last July's coup attempt will officially start on Saturday, the president announced Thursday.

Asked whether he personally believed that Turkey would be better out of the EU, Erdogan said Turkish people's opinion of the bloc had changed over time. Regardless, for many it's clear that an event that almost drove him from power has played into the president's hands.

The troubling transformation of the past year has Turkey at odds with former allies overseas.

The majority of Turkish citizens do not want a full-scale entry into the European Union.


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