July 15, 2016 / 9:28 PM / 2 years ago

Martial law imposed in Turkey: military statement on state TV

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Martial law has been imposed across Turkey and a curfew declared as the country was now being run by a “peace council” that would not allow public order to be damaged, an announcer on Turkish state broadcaster TRT said on Friday, reading a statement on the orders of the military.

The announcer said the democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government and that a new constitution would be prepared as soon. Freedom of citizens was guaranteed by the “peace council”, regardless of religion, race or language, the announcer said.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Alison Williams

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