Erdogan vows ‘no compromise’ on Turkish democracy

A supporter holds a flag depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara. (Reuters)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed that democracy would not be compromised in Turkey despite declaring a three month state of emergency in the wake of a coup.

"We have never made compromises on democracy. And we will never make" them, Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.

He also said other countries could be involved in the coup attempt to overthrow him, adding the organization of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who he blames for the coup was itself led by a "superior mind".

"There could be," Erdogan said, asked if other countries could have been involved in the coup attempt last Friday.

"The Gulen organization has another superior mind, if you will, and the time will come when those connections will be deciphered," he said.

His comments comes as he declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey in order to hunt down all those deemed to be behind an attempted coup.

The state of emergency was needed “in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt,” he said at the presidential palace in Ankara.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51