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TURKEY’S FAILED COUP ATTEMPT USHERED A NEW ERA OF APPRECIATION OF DEMOCRACY, SAYS ENVOY

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia July 17 (NNN-Bernama) — A failed coup d’etat two years ago had ushered Turkey and its people into a new era of appreciation for the democratisation processes.

Its ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci said the July 15, 2016 attempt orchestrated by the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO) had impelled the people of Turkey to defend their democratic rights, even to the extent of risking their own lives.

Turkey has experienced various coups d’etat in its history.

Somehow the lack of institutionalisation of democracy led to the toppling of civilian elected governments in the past.

After two years we can clearly say that there is a lesson the Turkey nation drew out of this. That democracy is something that Turkish people cannot take for granted, she said during an interview in conjunction with the anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt, here recently.

Some 250 lives were lost that night and nearly 2,200 were injured after a faction of the army used lethal military hardware against innocent civilians who took to the streets to defend their democracy.

Turkey first experienced a coup in 1960, when the army stepped in and toppled the government on May 27. Other coups or military interventions in its history happened in 1971, 1980 and 1997.

Recalling the events of the July 15 night, Kavakci said people from all walks of life led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in protecting democracy and the will of the people in the country.

Presently, the government is still focusing on dismantling the FETO, which Kavakci described as a protein that has taken various shapes and which has been gradually infiltrating the system through different state apparatus such as the in judiciary and education in the last 35 years.

The Harvard University graduate and expert in regional politics said Turkey is still awaiting the US authorities’ response on the extradition request for Pennsylvania-based FETO leader, Fetullah Gulen.

Citing the Sept 11 incident and the actions taken by the US in the aftermath of the event and the corresponding respect shown by the other countries towards the US’ steps, she said Turkey also expects the same.

Turkey has done what is rightfully its right to protect its citizens; be it the right to live, the right to security or the right to work, she said, adding that she thanked the Malaysian government, the authorities and its people for the support and cooperation.

Turkey on Sunday commemorated the second anniversary of the coup attempt. According to local media reports, President Erdogan took part in a religious ceremony in Ankara, before he hosted a lunch for the families of those who had been sacrificed and those who were wounded in the fight to retain Turkey’s democratic rule.–NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

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