Turkey govt to work with opposition on new constitution: PM

"We all need to engage in self-criticism", said Kilicdaroglu, head of the opposition Republican People's Party, which was close to secularist generals who used to control Turkey's military. Obama also said he hoped "there is not an overreaction that could, in some fashion, lead to curtailment of civil liberties", according to a spokesman. Two Turkish generals based in Afghanistan were detained in Dubai on charges relative to the coup and flown to Turkey on Tuesday morning.

In an interview today on Haberturk TV, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned bilateral relations with the United States would be seriously impacted if the usa refuses demands to immediately extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen. Washington has repeatedly said that Turkey must provide solid evidence of any links Gulen might have to the attempted coup before any possible extradition process is discussed.

On 25 July, the Turkish authorities cracked down on the country's media, and issued arrest warrants against over 40 journalists, following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions have been detained since the uprising, which killed about 290 people.

Nearly two thirds of Turks believe US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, a survey conducted by pollster Andy-Ar showed on Tuesday, backing the government line.

Ankara is increasingly expressing frustration over what it says in the lack of solidarity from Western partners in the aftermath of the coup.

Supporters of the Republican People's Party - the country's main opposition, referred to as the CHP - have always been critical of the Turkish leader's religious agenda and attempts to silence journalists and critics.

Not only does Mr. Erdogan's suggestion run afoul of everything I believe in, it is also irresponsible and wrong.

As the coup unfolded, Erdogan said the plotters had tried to attack him in Marmaris, bombing places he had been shortly after he left.

We, the undersigned, condemn the actions taken by the Turkish government in violation of human rights and the rule of law.

In the ARD interview, Erdogan defended the crackdown on political opponents following the coup, but did not say whether or not he intends to extend the current three-month state of emergency. It has also sought his extradition from the USA, where he runs a network of schools and community service programs from his Pennsylvania base.

Berat Albayrak, the energy minister and Erdogan's son-in-law, said the government would take care to ensure that anyone not involved in the coup conspiracy is not harmed during the crackdown.

  • Joey Payne