Turkish deputy premier: No restriction on press, movement, assembly

Turkey's deputy prime minister says the state of emergency will not curtail basic freedoms, including restrictions on movement, gatherings and free press.

"It isn't martial law of 1990s," Mehmet Simsek says in a series of posts on his Twitter feed, referring to a turbulent time in Turkey's past.

"Life of ordinary people and businesses will go un-impacted, uninterrupted, business will be as usual. We're committed to market economy," he said. "It won't be any different from those imposed by our European partners."

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also said on Twitter the state of emergency was not aimed at "daily lives" but at "rapid functioning" of state mechanisms.

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