Turkey removes important military wing and brings in under Interior ministry
July 23, Ankara: The Turkish authorities on Saturday morning, announced a shake-up of the security forces after a section of the army attempted to overthrow the government in a failed coup last weekend.
According to Interior Minister Efkan Ala, the most significant change was that the gendarmerie would in future fall under the interior ministry and not the army. The gendarmerie, is responsible for public order in rural areas that fall outside the jurisdiction of police forces, as well as internal security and general border control, had always been part of the military. "The gendarmerie will definitely be dependent entirely on the interior ministry," Ala said, in an interview with a local news channel NTV.
Claiming that the coup threat "is not yet over", Ala also disclosed that authorities had cancelled a total of 10,856 passports "due to flight risk".
The Oslo Times International News Network