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A boy waves a Turkish national flag as supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a pro-government demonstration on Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis


ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Thursday a three-month state of emergency would have no impact on the general public and business and it would strengthen democracy, the market economy and enhance the investment climate.

"Life of ordinary people and businesses will go un-impacted, uninterrupted, business will be as usual. We're committed to market economy," Mehmet Simsek said on Twitter following the announcement of the state of emergency.

Simsek said there would be no backsliding on human rights.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who has launched mass purges of state institutions since a July 15 coup attempt, said the emergency was fully in line with Turkey's constitution and did not violate the rule of law or basic freedoms of citizens.

(Reporting by Seda Sezer; Editing by Robert Birsel)


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