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Why has Erdoğan vowed to lift the state of emergency?

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President Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 13 that his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) will lift the state of emergency if he is re-elected in the June 24 snap elections and keeps its dominant position in parliament.

His words were one of the biggest surprises of the election campaign so far. Because until now it has been the opposition parties that have been pledging to lift the state of emergency as soon as they come to power, if they can beat Erdoğan. Until June 13, Erdoğan accused those asking for the state of emergency to be lifted of supporting terrorism and praising the toppling of the government through a coup. The state of emergency was declared by the government on July 20, 2016, days after a military coup attempt blamed on the illegal network of Fethullah Gülen, an Islamist preacher living in the U.S.

With Erdoğan now pledging to lift state of emergency, the only political figure left saying it should be kept in place is Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)........

© Hürriyet Daily News