A member of police special forces stands guard for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, August 4, 2017. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Turkey is set to extend a state of emergency for the sixth time since it was imposed following a failed coup attempt in 2016, worrying government opponents and allies who fear the special powers are thrusting Turkey toward an increasingly authoritarian direction. The state of emergency, declared five days after the July 15, 2016, coup, has allowed a massive government crackdown aimed at suspected supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says was behind the coup attempt.Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's pro-secular main opposition party, this week accused Erdogan of taking advantage of the failed military coup to trample on democracy and lead a "civilian coup" of his own through his emergency powers.
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