Erdogan says extending state of emergency would be good for Turkey

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the opening ceremony of newly built Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, the third bridge over the Bosphorus linking the city's European and Asian sides in Istanbul, Turkey, August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Extending a state of emergency for another three months would be beneficial for Turkey as it requires more time to eradicate the threat from terrorist groups after a failed coup attempt in July, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Speaking a day after Turkey’s National Security Council recommended the extension of the emergency rule, Erdogan said the measure sped up Ankara’s fight against terrorism and he believed Turks would support it.

“The government will make the necessary assessment and take the necessary steps (on this),” Erdogan said in a speech to a group of provincial administrators at the presidential palace in Ankara.

(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley and Seda Sezer; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan)