Turkey admits possible mistakes in post-coup crackdown

Mistakes may have been made during Turkey's widespread crackdown on the country's civil service in the wake of a thwarted military coup, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday.

"We have accepted from the beginning that it is not possible to act 100-per-cent correctly in this matter," Yildirim said on Thursday.

Nearly 130,000 officials, including 80,000 civil servants, have been sacked as part of the government's efforts to "cleanse" public services of supporters of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it says is behind the attempted putsch on July 15. Gulen rejects that charge.

"If mistakes have been made, then they will be corrected," the premier said, adding that it was often difficult to discern the networks of Gulen supporters in Turkey.

Yildirim said "crisis centres" would be established in various regions to help those affected by mistakes and that authorities would be "precise" when deciding to suspend civil servants.

"We will not act out of revenge, but justice," Yildirim said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month nationwide state of emergency in the week after the attempted putsch, which allows the government to rule by decree.

Last update: Thu, 08/09/2016 - 20:34
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