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Turkey Declares Curfew In Latest Wartime Escalation, Lira In Record Plunge On More Government Turmoil

The tension continues to rise in Turkey as the country hurdles towards civil war and political gridlock.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is keen on sending the country back to the polls in an effort to nullify a stunning ballot box victory by the pro-Kurdish HDP in June. Erdogan - who hopes to consolidate his power by rewriting the constitution - has launched a renewed military offensive against the PKK and has been accused of obstructing lawmakers’ efforts to form a coalition government, leading at least on opposition leader to compare the President to Hitler. 

In what looks like the latest escalation in a string of wartime crackdowns, Turkey has declared a curfew for citizens of Lice, a district of Diyarbakir province. As Bloomberg reports, "citizens are prohibited from going out on streets from 9pm tonight until 7am on Tuesday."

Additionally, "the Governor of Diyarbakir [has] declared ‘special security zones’ in Silvan, Lice, Kulp and Dicle," citing the PKK "terror" threat. 

Meanwhile, the lira had plunged to a new low against the dollar amid the political turmoil, although amusingly, the currency pared some losses after reports indicated Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is set to make “very nice statements” after another round of coalition talks.