April 17, 2017 / 8:39 PM / a year ago

Turkey extends state of emergency by three months, deputy PM says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey extended its state of emergency on Monday by three months starting from Wednesday, its third such extension after a coup attempt last July, a deputy prime minister said.

Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration at the Besiktas district in Istanbul, Turkey, April 17, 2017. The placards read (L to R), "We do not recognise the High Electoral Board", "Solidarity against fascism", "We will not make you president". REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

The decision came after the National Security Council advised extending it, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters in a press conference in Ankara.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay, editing by Larry King

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