Turkey disbanding presidential guard after failed coup

July 24, 2016 5:00 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) reviewing his honor guard ahead of an official ceremony on March 15, 2016. (AFP)

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has announced the disbanding of the country’s presidential guard following the recent failed coup.
“There will not be any presidential guard as we do not need it anymore,” told ’s A Haber TV channel on Saturday.
Earlier
in the day, authorities arrested 283 members of Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan’s guard over alleged affiliation to failed coup.

This
handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Prime Minister’s
press office on July 22, 2016 shows Turkish Prime Minister Binali
Yildirim (L) shaking hands with Turkish police officers as he visits the
Police Special Operation Department’s Headquarters in Golbasi district
in Ankara. (AFP)

Turkey
has launched a large-scale crackdown following the July 15 attempted
coup d’état. A three-month state of emergency has also been declared in
Turkey.
Meanwhile, the key aid of
US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen (seen below), who Erdogan
blames for the coup attempt, has been arrested. According to a source in
the Turkish presidential office, Halis Hanci arrived in Turkey two days
before the coup.

Turkish security forces also arrested Gulen’s nephew, Muhammad Saitd Gulen, in the northeastern city of Erzurum.
It is the first time a relative of Gulen has been reported detained since the coup attempt.

An
armed Turkish police officer stands guard in front of the damaged
Ankara police headquarters on July 19, 2016, after it was bombed during
the failed July 15 coup attempt. (AFP)

Erdogan
accuses Gulen, who has many followers in Turkey and abroad, of
masterminding last Friday’s failed coup, in which at least 246 people
were killed and more than 2,100 others sustained injuries. Gulen denies
the charge and has condemned the coup.
Tens
of thousands of soldiers, security officers, judges, prosecutors, civil
servants and academics suspected of ties to the Gulen movement have
been detained or suspended from their jobs following the putsch.

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