Turkish National Security Council meeting ends

Turkish National Security Council meeting ends

Turkish National Security Council meeting ends

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Turkey's National Security Council convened on July 20 under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on July 15.        

The meeting lasted for four hour and 40 minutes, said a source close to the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity.     

Erdoğan will also chair a cabinet meeting in which the MGK’s advisory decisions will be discussed. 
The president said on July 19 that "an important decision" will be announced after the meetings.   

Along with Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, force commanders, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Chief Hakan Fidan, deputy prime ministers, defense, interior and foreign ministers, participated in the meeting. 

According to reports, the government is planning to establish a special court for trying coup plotters and building a special prison for the convicted junta members who took part in the July 15 coup attempt. 

Cleansing the entire state apparatus of members of the Gülen movement will be among the top objectives of the MGK, with around 50,000 civil servants already fired, suspended, or detained. The government is likely to press the button to undergo substantial changes on a number of laws to avoid future coup attempts. 

Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli vowed that the measures to be taken during today’s meetings will help stabilize the country. 

“Proclaiming martial law or anything like that is out of the question,” Canikli said.