Turkey will impose a three-month state of emergency as the government pursues those responsible for a failed military coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
Agency report quoted Erdogan as saying the country won’t be under military rule, with army units taking orders from provincial governors.
He said there’ll be no backsliding from democracy and no pause in economic reforms even as the “virus” of the coup-plotters is wiped out.
Since the attempted putsch by a faction of the armed forces collapsed on Saturday, leaving almost 250 people dead after a night of aerial bombardment and street battles, thousands of army officers, judges and prosecutors have been detained. A wider purge is under way that encompasses universities, schools and the civil service.