Free Trial

Earthquake State Of Emergency Raises Concern Ahead Of May Elections


Turkish President Recep Erdogan has declared a state of emergency in 10 regions affected by this week's earthquakes.

  • Erdogan said in a statement: "In order to ensure that search-and-rescue activities and subsequent activities can be carried out quickly, we have decided to declare a 3-month State of Emergency in 10 provinces in accordance with Article 119 of the Constitution."
  • The move is not an unusual response to a disaster but has raised concerns, ahead of the May general election, in light of a three-month emergency decree following the 2016 coup attempt which remained in place for two years during which time ~100,000 people were arrested and ~150,000 public employees were removed.
  • Sule Ozsoy Boyunsuz, a Turkish constitutional law professor told NYT: "The state of emergency allows the president to proportionally limit fundamental rights and freedoms,” including limitations on travel and implementation of curfews.
  • NYT: "...the move raised immediate concerns, given that Turkey is set to hold pivotal elections in May, a vote in which Mr. Erdogan is fighting for his political survival. Turkey is facing an acute financial crisis and steep inflation."

To read the full story



MNI is the leading provider

of intelligence and analysis on the Global Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange and Energy markets. We use an innovative combination of real-time analysis, deep fundamental research and journalism to provide unique and actionable insights for traders and investors. Our "All signal, no noise" approach drives an intelligence service that is succinct and timely, which is highly regarded by our time constrained client base.

Our Head Office is in London with offices in Chicago, Washington and Beijing, as well as an on the ground presence in other major financial centres across the world.