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Mixed signals out of Turkey

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:15

Turkey's military says it has seized power, but the country's prime minister vows to put down the attempted coup. Diane Hodges reports.

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Mixed signals out of Turkey where the army says it has seized power, while the Prime Minister insists that the elected government is still in charge. If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the biggest shifts in power in the Middle East in years. On Friday evening, the Prime Minister said the elected government remained in office, while a presidential source said that Erdogan was safe. The military said that armed forces have taken power to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights, according to a statement sent by email and reported on Turkish TV channels. It said all of Turkey's existing foreign relations would be maintained and the rule of law would remain the priority. The state-run Anadolu news agency said the chief of Turkey's military staff was among those taken "hostage" in the capital Ankara. CNN Turk also reported that hostages were being held at the military headquarters. Turkey is a member of NATO and has the second biggest military in the Western alliance. It is one of the most important allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State.

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Mixed signals out of Turkey

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 01:15