Erdogan: Turkey to fully switch to presidential form of gov't in 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan in Hamburg | Pool

"There can be no question of lifting emergency rule with all this happening".

Turkey's ambassador to Washington told reporters Friday he senses a "willingness" on the part of Trump administration officials to move forward on an extradition request against US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, one year after the failed coup attempt the Turkish government has accused Gulen of orchestrating.

"I believe that the issue of extending the state of emergency will be supported at the meeting of the National Security Council", he added.

Some 7,563 people were fired in the latest cull, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, with almost 350 retired army members also stripped of their rank.

Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who is Family and Social Policies Minister, said Turkey's fight against terrorism was important not only for her country but for Europe and beyond as well.

More than 7,000 military personnel have been dismissed from the Turkish Armed Forces over suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) since the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, according to a source from the country's Defense Ministry. "They try to make robots out of genuine people", he said.




A 250-mile "justice march" organized by opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu morphed into an unexpected rallying point for Mr. Erdogan's opponents.

In the 12 months since then, a state of emergency had been in place across the country.

"In the following hours this feeling intensified by the horrifying realization that it was beyond a military coup, and that the perpetrators of this ugly undertaking consisted of the disciples of Gulen, a man who called himself Imam of the Universe", he said. It is one of the many works to keep the memory of the martyrs alive.

"It didn't become better; it became worse", said 54-year-old Mehmet from the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, who asked that his last name be withheld out of fear of being prosecuted for criticizing the government.

The majority of Turkish citizens do not want a full-scale entry into the European Union.

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