Turkey extended emergency rule for another three months, almost a year after it was imposed in the wake of the July 2016 failed military coup.

The government asked parliament to extend it for a fourth time and the proposal was approved by the assembly, where President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party has a comfortable majority.

The extension followed weekend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the abortive coup in which around 250 people, mostly unarmed civilians, were killed.

Since emergency rule was imposed on July 20, 2016, more than 50,000 people have been arrested and 150,000 people have been suspended in a crackdown which Erdogan’s opponents say has pushed Turkey on a path to greater authoritarianism.

The government has said the purge is necessary to confront security challenges facing turkey and to root out supporters of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who it says was behind the coup attempt. Gulen has denied any involvement.

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