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Turkish parliament votes to extend state of emergency for another 3 months

The Turkish parliament voted Monday to extend a state of emergency by three months, almost a year after it was implemented in the wake of a failed coup attempt.The government asked parliament to extend it for a fourth time and the proposal was approved by the assembly, where President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party has a comfortable majority. Another 342 retired officers and soldiers were stripped of their ranks and grades, Israel’s Artuz Sheva reported.The previous day, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had commemorated the first anniversary of the attempted coup by promising to “behead traitors”.Bulent Tezcan, the spokesman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said the government was using the commemorations for the anniversary of the failed July 15, 2016, coup to “write a fabricated history”. Turkey declared a state of emergency on July 21, 2016, after the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.During the same speech, Erdogan denied opposition claims that the government had foreknowledge of the coup, calling them “shameless” and “immoral”.Relations between the European Union and Turkey deteriorated since the coup bid in Turkey a year ago, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured. Erdogan continues to lay blame to cleric-in-exile Fathulla Gulen, who lives Pennsylvania, USA.Turkish authorities have ordered the detention of 127 people on suspicion of links to the attempted military coup a year ago, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Another 7,000 police, civil servants and academics were dismissed last week according to a decree published on Friday.