Turkey:Erdogan pledges to lift state of emergency if he wins

'It will be the first thing to do' but could be reinstated later

14 June, 11:50

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 14 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said during a televised interview that ''if I will continue to work, the first thing to do after June 24, God willing, it to lift a state of emergency'', in place for almost two years following a failed coup. Speaking 10 days before early elections, the president said that, ''this wouldn't mean to eliminate it completely without the possibility that it could return''.

    The electoral pledge comes after his main rivals had already assured that, in case of victory, they would immediately revoke the exceptional measures under which, according to the UN, at least 160,000 people have been arrested.

    ''There is no single effect of the state of emergency on the electoral campaign'', added Erdogan, denying criticism from opposition members and international observers. (ANSAmed).

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