Turkey in new era after failed military coup: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

July 24, 2016 11:17 am

Turkish President ©AFP

Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan says last weekend’s failed military coup against the
government has opened a “new era” in the country, stressing that all
coup plotters would be prosecuted.

“With the failure of
this armed coup attempt, has entered a new era,” Erdogan said in a
pre-recorded address broadcast on national television Saturday.
He
described those behind the coup plot as “terrorists in military
fatigues,” noting that they are all accountable to “the state, security
forces and judiciary for their actions.”
The putsch began
overnight on July 15, when a faction of the Turkish military declared it
was in control of the country and the Ankara government was no more in
charge.
Tanks, helicopters and soldiers then clashed with police and people on the streets of the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul.
Over 300 people were killed on all sides in the attempted coup d’état that was gradually suppressed.
Elsewhere
in his remarks, the Turkish president said that 13,165 people have been
arrested so far, with 5,863 pending trial and the remaining still being
questioned.
On Thursday, the Turkish parliament approved a bill
declaring a state of emergency, which allows Ankara to bypass the
legislature in adopting new laws and limit or suspend rights and
freedoms as they deem necessary.
Additionally, Erdogan referred to
his first decree since the beginning of the state of emergency, under
which the detention period is extended from four days to one month.

Pro-government
demonstrators march over the Bosphorus Bridge, from the Asian to the
European side of Istanbul, Turkey, July 21, 2016. ©ReutersHe
added that so far, 934 schools, 109 student dorms, 15 universities, 104
foundation, 1,125 charity organization, 35 health institutes and 19
unions are shut down, amid the government’s sweeping crackdown on those
believed to have played a role in the abortive July 15 putsch.
He
also went on to say that the process has begun to discharge the civil
servants who have links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric accused
by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt; a claim “categorically”
rejected by the opposition figure.
Gulen’s nephew, Muhammad Saitd
Gulen, and Halis Hanci, a senior aide to the cleric, have been taken
into custody over the attempted coup.
Erdogan and Gulen were
allies until police and prosecutors, seen as sympathetic to the latter,
opened a corruption investigation into Erdogan’s inner circle in 2013.
The
probe led to the resignation of the ministers of economy, interior, and
urbanization. Gulen is also viewed to be behind the leaks that led to
the probe.

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