Turkish PM, army chief meet amid coup probe tension

Erdogan and the head of the military held unscheduled talks amid a widening coup probe tension.

Turkish PM, army chief meet amid coup probe tension

Turkey's prime minister and the head of the military held unscheduled talks on Thursday which local media linked to a widening probe into an alleged plot to topple the AK Party government.

News of the meeting added to tensions between the secularist establishment and the AK Party in the European Union-candidate country, where financial markets have already been hit by a global financial crisis.

A source at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office confirmed Erdogan and armed forces chief General Ilker Basbug met, but declined to comment on the subject of the talks, which came a day after Turkish police detained about 40 people including three retired generals and active military officers.

Basbug subsequently left for regular talks with President Abdullah Gul.

Eighty-six people, including retired army officers, politicians and lawyers, are on trial charged in a coup case that has shattered taboos by opening the powerful military to judicial investigation.

Agencies

Last Mod: 08 Ocak 2009, 17:13
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