Turkey may lift emergency after elections: Erdogan

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Ankara, June 8 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that a state of emergency imposed in the country following a failed coup in 2016 may be lifted after the June 24 elections.

He made the announcement during an interview with CNN Turk on Thursday evening, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We will work on it after we establish a cabinet. The issue will not linger on for so long,” he said.

On the structure of the new cabinet after the election, Erdogan said ministers could be appointed from outside parliament, however he never thought to form a “technocrat cabinet”.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016.

On April 18 this year, the ongoing state of emergency was extended for three months for the seventh time.

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