Turkish deputy premier says country will abide by democratic rules

Turkey will continue to follow democratic rules, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said Saturday, following a failed coup and declaration of a state of emergency. 

"Despite what has happened a week ago in Turkey, we will continue to strongly adhere to democratic principles," Simsek assured G20 members. "Not much really has changed."

Simsek was speaking at a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Chengdu, capital city of southwestern China's Sichuan province.  

The number of people arrested in Turkey following last week's attempted coup has climbed to 10,410, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Anadolu news agency Friday.

Turkey entered into a 90-day state of emergency on Thursday, which Erdogan has said is necessary to restore order after the attempted coup, which left 260 dead.

The rapid pace of arrests - which Erdogan insists is targeting supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan says was behind the failed July 15 coup - has worried many of Turkey's Western allies, who say they see Turkey going down an increasingly authoritarian road.

Last update: Sat, 23/07/2016 - 13:22
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