Turkey's Erdogan wants army, spy agency brought under presidency control

July 28, 2016 19:06

ANKARA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and the national intelligence agency (MIT) to be brought under the control of the presidency, a Turkish official said on Thursday.

That change would require a constitutional change and the opposition needs to agree, Erdogan was cited as saying by television news channels.

The comments came after a meeting of Turkey's Supreme Military Council (YAS) that was expected to agree a sweeping overhaul of the armed forces following a failed military coup on July 15-16. Turkish authorities were expected to announce details of the changes later on Thursday.

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