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Turkey will adhere to democratic principles, rule of law - deputy PM
July 23, 2016 / 4:16 AM / a year ago

Turkey will adhere to democratic principles, rule of law - deputy PM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek poses during an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, December 23, 2015.Umit Bektas/File Photo

CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Turkey will strongly adhere to democratic principles and rule of law, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Saturday, referring to the government's crackdown in the aftermath of a failed military coup.

"From the very beginning, I wanted to say that despite what has happened a week ago in Turkey, that we will continue to strongly adhere to democratic principles and apply rule of law and not much really has changed. I know there are question marks," he told a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.

The government's widening crackdown in the aftermath of a failed military coup has spooked investors, who have dumped the lira currency and sold stocks.

Reporting by David Lawder, Writing by Brenda Goh; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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