‘Turkey’s presidential guard regiment to be abolished’

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Ankara, July 24 (IANS) Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the presidential guard regiment would be abolished after some of its members were involved in the coup attempt, local media reported on Saturday.

“There will no longer be a presidential guard, there is no purpose, no need,” Xinhua quoted the prime minister as saying citing A-Haber TV.

At least 283 of the presidential guard regiment members have been detained in the wake of the failed coup.

Turkey on Friday issued arrest warrants for another 300 members of the presidential guards, CNNTurk reported.

The military bases across Turkey will be moved out of city centres, the prime minister said, adding that Turkish gendarmerie will be connected to the interior ministry.

A total of detainees rises to 13,002, including 1,329 policemen, 8,831 military officials, 2,100 judges and prosecutors, according to the prime minister.

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