Turkey's post-coup actions in line with law: Erdogan
Turkey has not compromised its laws even after the July 15 coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

Speaking at a Martyrs' Memorial Day ceremony at the presidential complex in Ankara to commemorate victims of the failed coup, Erdogan said: "Even during the coup attempt process, we have not made the slightest compromise with the law. Every step we have taken, every decision we have made, every implementation we have launched, it has been under the constitution [and the country’s] laws."

He said post-coup attempt measures being carried out in the country's institutions such as the parliament, National Security Council, council of ministers and others ministries were in line with the law.

"If deficiencies [and] mistakes stemmed from this extraordinary period occur, then a legal path is available," Erdogan said.

During his speech, the president also shared latest figures of the victims in the failed coup.

"On the night of July 15, a total of 237 people, including 170 civilians, 62 police officers and five soldiers were martyred. As of today, 2,191 people were injured.

"We have an obligation to establish justice. What does everybody say? Death penalty, death penalty, death penalty. However, this is a democratic, constitutional state governed by a parliamentary system,” Erdogan said.

The president said the ruling government needs to listen to people’s demand for the death penalty. The parliament will discuss the issue and everybody has to abide by that last decision, he added.

Erdogan also harshly criticized some countries for failing to offer any condolences regarding the failed coup and its victims.

"Those countries that do not worry about Turkey’s future are not our friends,” he said.

Asserting that July 15 should be a milestone for the country, Erdogan said: "As a milestone, I hereby withdraw all the cases filed for insulting me and forgive all the offenders.

"If we do not use this opportunity [to make the foiled coup a milestone], I believe the Turkish people will have the right to call us to account for it.

"I believe that all the sections of the country, particularly politicians, will behave accordingly in this sensitive issue."

Erdogan stressed that Turkey ended the games played on her, and he continued:

"I hope, we will give an end to the games played on Syria. We will end the game in Iraq and Libya. We will put an end to all the games in the Middle East, North Africa and all around the world played at the cost of the tears of innocent people and sufferings of the victims," said Erdogan.

Turkey's government has repeatedly said the deadly coup attempt, which martyred more than 230 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, was organized by U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen's followers and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

Gulen is also accused of running a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.

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