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    Council of Europe Sees Need to 'Clean Up' Turkey's State Institutions After Coup

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    Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said Ankara needed to "clean up" its state institutions after the "outrageous" coup attempt.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkey needs to “clean up” its institutions in line with the rule of law following an "outrageous" coup attempt, Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said in Ankara on Wednesday.

    “I would like to say there has been too little understanding from Europe on what challenges this has caused to the democratic and state institutions of Turkey. We have been informed about it for a very long time, so therefore of course we see a need for cleaning up all this. But it is also very important that this is being done in conformity with the rule of law," Jagland said in an address televised by the TRT broadcaster.

    The chief of Europe's intergovernmental human rights organization said he recognized that “there is a need for taking on those who had been behind this coup, and also on this secret network which had been on in the state institutions, in the army, but also in the judiciary.”

    “The coup attempt was outrageous in all meanings of the word," Jagland stressed, saying it must be "condemned in the strongest way."

    On July 15, an attempt to overthrow the government took place in Turkey, it was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured during the failed coup excluding the victims among the plotters, according to the country's authorities.


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