Interior minister vows to clear Turkey of FETO 'plague'

Newly-appointed Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says 'Turkey will clear this calamity, this cowardice'

Interior minister vows to clear Turkey of FETO 'plague'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will get rid of the Fetullah Terror Organization plague until no member is left, the country’s newly-appointed Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Thursday.

Soylu took over his new post from his predecessor Efkan Ala at a handover ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Ankara.

Speaking at the ceremony, he said: "July 15 is a turning point for our nation, for the region and countries who are hopeful of Turkey. Our noble people have shown to the world that democracy is a vital element in becoming a nation."

He said Turkey would get rid of the FETO terror group "plague" until no member of the group was left.

"Turkey will clear this calamity, this cowardice," Soylu said. "We are determined. This is not a decision by the Interior Ministry, but it is Turkey's government policy and an order from its people."

Turkey's government has said the defeated coup, which left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by followers of Fetullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his FETO network.

Gulen is accused of leading 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.

Soylu, a Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker for Trabzon province in Turkey’s Black Sea coast, was appointed as interior minister Wednesday. Mehmet Muezzinoglu was appointed as Turkey's labor and social security minister, Soylu's former post.  

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