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ISTANBUL – Turkey's military announced on Friday night that the army had taken over “the entire management of the country to restore rule of law” as the country's prime minister admitted an “attempt” by a group within the military while falling short of calling the attempt a military coup.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking by cell phone to CNN Turk from an unknown location, vowed that Turkey would "overcome this invasion" and called on Turks to "gather in squares and see what this minority can do with their tanks and artillery against the people."
History - Coups - Erdogan - Architects - Takeover
"Throughout history those who make coups have been unsuccessful, and I absolutely believe that these will be unsuccessful as well," Erdogan said, adding that the architects of the takeover attempt "will absolutely pay the price for this in heaviest manner."
A military statement read on Turkish state TV announced that martial law had been imposed across the country and a curfew had been declared. The statement added that Turkey was now being run by a "peace council" and that a new constitution would be drawn up soon.
Dogan - News - Agency - Statement - Coup
Earlier, the Dogan news agency published a statement from the military saying the coup was carried out "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated."
The military statement went on to say that "all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue."
Reuters - Witness - Gunshots - Ankara - Pm
Reuters, citing a witness, reported that gunshots were heard in Ankara shortly before 11 p.m. local time Friday. As military helicopters flew...
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