Erdogan vows to lift state of emergency if re-elected


Erdogan vows to lift state of emergency if re-elected

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged for the first time that he would lift the almost two-year state of emergency if he's re-elected in the June 24 elections.

The emergency rule has been in place since the 2016 failed coup.

In an interview with 24 TV on Wednesday, he also clarified that it would be reinstated if the country faces further security threats.

According to the stats provided by the UN, more than 160,000 people have been detained under the emergency rule and a similar number of civil servants fired from their jobs.

Many have accused Erdogan of using the state of emergency as a pretext to quash dissent.