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Erdogan: Turkey has other plans if European Union membership fails

Erdogan: Turkey has other plans if European Union membership fails”

In the aftermath, the government imposed a nationwide state of emergency and arrested tens of thousands of alleged Gulen supporters, known as Gulenists.

Citing agreements made with more than 20 countries in Africa, he said, more than half of Gulen's schools will be taken over by Turkey's Maarif Foundation, which was recently established in 2016.

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

"I want you to know that those you know as being members of the press are mostly people who aided and abetted terror".

Over the previous year, more than 50,000 people have been arrested for alleged involvement in the insurgency and more than 100,000 others have been fired from civil service jobs. "We are concerned that, under the state of emergency, at least nine Americans and one consulate employee have been detained and imprisoned on what appear to be false charges".

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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. July 15 is such a date for the Turkish nation and the Turkish Republic.

The Turkish military, which has long seen itself as the ultimate guardian of the secular revolution launched by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state, had staged a series of coups against democratically elected governments from 1960 to 1997. It is one of the many works to keep the memory of the martyrs alive.

Erdoğan is scheduled later to depart for Ankara where he will address the parliament at 2.32 a.m., the time the parliament was bombed on the night of the coup attempt. Regardless, for many it's clear that an event that almost drove him from power has played into the president's hands.

"The European Union is not indispensable for us..."

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