Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after failed coup

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The Turkish president has declared a three-month state of emergency following the failed coup.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the measure is being taken to counter threats to Turkish democracy and was not intended to curb basic freedoms.

Erdogan spoke after a meeting with Cabinet ministers and top security advisers.

The insurrection by some military units was launched late on Friday, but security forces and protesters loyal to the government quashed the rebellion.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Ankara
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Ankara (Kayhan Ozer/AP)

Erdogan said the pro-government death toll in the botched coup was 246.