Turkey's main opposition urges respect for rule of law in coup response

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and head of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu pray next to a coffin of a victim of the coup attempt at a funeral ceremony on July 17, 2016, in Ankara.
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and head of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu pray next to a coffin of a victim of the coup attempt at a funeral ceremony on July 17, 2016, in Ankara.PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said on Monday (July 18) the reponse to a failed coup attempt must be conducted within the rule of law and that the plotters and those who helped them must be tried in the courts.

Turkey widened a crackdown on suspected supporters of the failed military coup on Sunday, taking the number of people rounded up in the armed forces and judiciary to 6,000.

In a statement, the CHP also said the military must not be portrayed as the enemy.