Turkish MPs pass security law to replace emergency rule

Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday passed a security law giving authorities broad counter-terrorism powers following the lifting of the two-year state of emergency. It was imposed after a July 2016 failed military coup. The new regulations apply for three years. They grant broader authority to local governors, including the ability to ban public gatherings. The measures also extend detention periods and allow public servants’ dismissals if there are links to or contacts with terrorist organizations or other perceived threats to national security, Reuters reported. Opposition members say the new legislation effectively extends the state of emergency for another three years.