Freedom and controls on governmental abuse of power should not be taken for granted following Turkey's declaration of a state of emergency, warn the country's two largest opposition parties ahead of a legislative review of the decision.
Ozgur Ozel, the party whip of the centre-left People's Republican Party, told CNN Turk: "This is dishonesty, ingratitude and a civilian coup against the parliament." He was speaking ahead of a planned session of parliament to approve the emergency law.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said in a statement: "The coup attempt of July 15 turned into an opportunity and tool to liquidate those who oppose the government and to restrict the democratic rights and freedoms even further.”
The party also cautioned against a "one-man" rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian and seeking more powers. "Society was obliged to choose between a coup or a non-democratic regime. We definitely reject these choices.”