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Turkish PM announces presidential guard regiment disbanded

July 24, 1:07 UTC+3
"There will not be any presidential guard as we do not need it any more," Binali Yildirim said
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ANKARA, July 23. /TASS/. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the presidential guard regiment will be disbanded, the Anadolu news agency said on Saturday citing the Turkish NTV channel.

"There will not be any presidential guard as we do not need it any more," the agency said citing the prime minister as saying.

Overnight to July 16, a group of insurgents attempted a coup in Turkey. Major clashes erupted in Ankara and Istanbul. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. Later on Saturday, the Turkish leadership said that the coup was quashed and the government regained control in the country. According to the latest reports, the death toll stands at 246 and 2,185 more were injured. On July 21, the Turkish parliament voted for a state of emergency in the country for the next three months.

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