Turkey’s Erdogan says lifting emergency rule currently out of question

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was out of the question under current circumstances to lift the state of emergency in Turkey, which was imposed soon after an attempted military coup on 15 July last year.

“There can be no question of lifting emergency rule with all this happening. They ask when emergency rule will finish. It will finish when this business is completely out the way,” Erdogan said in a speech to investors in Ankara.