Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey To Extend State Of Emergency Into Second Year

Turkey To Extend State Of Emergency Into Second Year

The President also took away the medals of former Galatasaray footballers Hakan Sukur and Arif Erdem, who have supported US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen - the man Mr Erdogan believes was the coup's mastermind.

Erdogan was speaking nearly a year to the day since the July 15 attempted military coup.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has termed the coup attempt as "Turkey's darkest and longest night", which was "transformed into a bright day".

Earlier, Erdogan told tens of thousands of flag-waving Turks in Istanbul of his desire to bring the people behind the coup to trial. He said the failed coup had allowed Turkey to distinguish its friends from its foes but would not name the countries saying he wanted to avoid "a serious worldwide crisis".

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Some 250 people were killed in the failed coup attempt, and more than 2,000 were injured.

Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that the coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in Turkey was a conspiracy against progress and prosperity of Turkish people. Thirty-five coup organizers were also killed.

Since then, some 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from the army, civil service and private sector and more than 50,000 detained for alleged links to the coup.

"As your president, I wish all of you a happy 15th of July Democracy and National Unity day, ask for blessings on our martyrs from Allah, and wish for health and happiness to our veterans", Erdogan says in Turkish in the message.

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Turkey has blamed Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is now living in self-imposed exile in the U.S., for trying to bring down the Erdogan government.

Gulen on Friday again denied any involvement in what he called a "despicable putsch", and called on Ankara to end its "witch hunt" of his followers.

On 15 July 2016, a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the "Peace at Home Council" attempted a coup d'état in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and president.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement Saturday he recalled his visit to Ankara after the coup attempt and "the shock I felt seeing the damage inflicted at the Parliament building by the bombardments of the coup plotters".

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As on the night of the coup attempt, mosques across Turkey will simultaneously recite a verse, usually read before Friday prayers, to alert and invite Muslims to the streets.

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