ANKARA: The Turkish Prime Minister Bin Ali Yaldrim has congratulated the nation on foiling the coup attempt with a great public support.
Addressing a news conference in Ankara this afternoon, he termed the coup attempt as the darkest day in the history of the nation.
He announced that July 15, will be observed as democracy day every year.
Bin Ali Yaldrim said the Turkish parliament will meet this evening to evolve a future strategy after this tragedy.
Reuters adds: About 20 of the people who planned the overnight coup in Turkey are dead and 30 more are wounded, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.
A total of 2,839 members of Turkey´s military have been detained in connection with an attempted coup overnight, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, adding that those detained included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers.
Yildirim, in a news conference in the capital Ankara, said the situation was fully under control and that “our commanders” were in charge of the military.
He called on Turkish citizens to fill town and city squares with flags on Saturday evening and said parliament would meet at 1200 GMT to discuss the attempt.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday night´s coup attempt was a black mark on Turkish democracy but the nation has given the “best response” to terrorists.
At a news conference in Ankara, Yildirim said members of the “parallel structure” – government shorthand for the followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen – were in the hands of Turkish justice.
Yildirim said 161 people had been killed and 1,440 wounded in the coup attempt.