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Turkey's Erdogan wants army, spy agency brought under presidency control: official

REUTERS
Published Jul 29, 2016, 6:47 pm IST
Updated Jul 29, 2016, 6:55 pm IST
Erdogan also said that such a change would also require a constitutional change.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: AP)
 Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: AP)

Ankara: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and the national intelligence agency (MIT) to be brought under the control of the presidency, a Turkish official said on Thursday.

That change would require a constitutional change and the opposition needs to agree, Erdogan was cited as saying by television news channels.

 

The comments came after a meeting of Turkey's Supreme Military Council (YAS) that was expected to agree a sweeping overhaul of the armed forces following a failed military coup on July 15-16. Turkish authorities were expected to announce details of the changes later on Thursday.

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