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Council of Europe chief backs Turkey 'clean-up' after coup

Council of Europe chief Thorbjorn Jagland (L) said there had been insufficient understanding in Europe about the challenges faced by TurkeyThe head of a top European rights watchdog on Wednesday backed a “cleaning up” of Turkish state institutions after a failed coup blamed on supporters of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen. Council of Europe chief Thorbjorn Jagland — one of the most senior European officials to visit Turkey in the wake of the botched July 15 putsch — said there had been insufficient understanding in Europe about the challenges faced by Turkey. Some 18,000 people have been detained in the crackdown after the coup, which Ankara blames on followers of Gulen who built up a presence in key institutions including the military.

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