Here’s what we know Wednesday:
—The president has announced a three-month state of emergency as the purge of educational institutions, the media, police, and security forces following last Friday’s coup attempt continues.
—The government has asked the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based cleric, whom it accuses of being behind the coup.
—A group of Turkish military officers said late Friday it was taking over the country in order to restore democracy.
—We’re live-blogging the major updates. All updates are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4).
Turkey will temporarily suspend its adherence to the European Convention on Human Rights, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Thursday.
Hurriyet quoted Kurtulmus comparing the suspension to the French government’s response to recent terrorist attacks there.
“France has also recently proclaimed a state of emergency. And they suspended the ECHR, based on Article 15 of the convention,” Kurtulmuş told a group of Ankara bureau chiefs of media outlets on July 21.
“A declaration of a state of emergency is not against the ECHR,” he said, adding that Ankara would announce its decision to suspend the ECHR through a formal statement.
The state of emergency will help the government fight against coup plotters and clean the state apparatus fully of members of the Gülen movement, Kurtulmuş also said.
“I want to guarantee that fundamental rights and freedoms and normal daily life will not be affected by this. Our citizens should feel comfortable about this,” he added.
The human-rights treaty binds all 47 members of the Council of Europe, an broader multinational body that exists alongside the European Union.