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Turkey ends state of emergency, but introduces restrictive new rules

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government finally allowed a two-year state of emergency to expire on Thursday, but opposition parties and rights groups say the new measures introduced to replace it are no different.

A two-year state of emergency in Turkey during which hundreds of thousands of people have been jailed or lost their jobs officially expired on Thursday, bringing an end to a regime that rights groups and the United Nations said was rife with abuse.

The government has promised to realign its security laws to meet universal standards, but the European Union warned the legal changes it is proposing remain far too restrictive. Opposition parties dismissed the legislative package as a ruse to create a permanent state of emergency.

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