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Turkish PM: Participants in coup attempt traitors and terrorists

July 16, 18:15 UTC+3
According to Turkey’s prime minister, 161 people died and 1,440 more were injured, not including participants in the coup attempt
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ANKARA, July 16. /TASS/. Participants in the coup attempt do not represent the people of Turkey but are traitors and terrorists, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

"Conspirators are not soldiers but terrorists who attacked the parliament," Yildirim told the special session of the Grand National Assembly (parliament). "Last night was the hardest and longest in Turkey’s history," he said adding that this is the first time in modern history of Turkey when the parliament was attacked. Yildirim thanked the Interior Ministry that it "stood on the side of the people" adding that all layers of the society unanimously "rejected the coup attempt."

Victory of democracy and national unity

Resisting coup plotters represents the victory of democracy and national unity, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

Talking at the special session of the Grand National Assembly (parliament), Yildirim thanked all political parties "for unity that they demonstrated at this critical moment for Turkey." He also noted the important role that ordinary citizens played in rebuffing coup plotters.

"There is no power bigger than the will of people, and all Turkish citizens, security services, media workers demonstrated high awareness in defending the rule of law and the democratic system," the prime minister said.

"Turkish democracy showed its political maturity today, and we can talk about the birth of a new Turkish Republic after a failed military coup attempt," he concluded.

A group of insurgents attempted a coup in Turkey overnight to Saturday. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. The country’s leadership later said that the coup was quashed. Yildirim said that the situation is under the control of the official government.

According to Turkey’s prime minister, 161 people died and 1,440 more were injured, not including participants in the coup attempt. Turkish authorities said that 2,839 military were detained after the coup attempt.

 

A group of insurgents attempted a coup in Turkey overnight to Saturday. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. The country’s leadership later said that the coup was quashed. Yildirim said that the situation is under the control of the official government.

According to Turkey’s prime minister, 161 people died and 1,440 more were injured, not including participants in the coup attempt. Turkish authorities said that 2,839 military were detained after the coup attempt.

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