The Turkish Security Council will consider the extension of the state of emergency in the country, which was first introduced after the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, APA reports.
"The state of emergency will be discussed again in the national security council and they will take a necessary recommendatory decision for our country", Erdogan said in his speech at the event, dedicated to the first anniversary of failed coup attempt.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people across Turkey took part in the marches and processions, devoted to the first anniversary of the attempted military coup. Erdogan participated in the event and addressed the nation.
The July 2016 coup attempt left over 240 people dead and some 2,000 injured in the wake of the coup. Ankara declared a national state of emergency, with a wave of arrests taking place across the country. According to the country’s Ministry of Justice, over 50,000 people, allegedly tied to the coup attempt, were arrested over the past 12 months. Ankara's actions were repeatedly criticized by the European Union as violating human rights under the cover of a national state of emergency.