Erdogan tightens his grip on power in Turkey

He announced plans to bring the military further under civilian control

Erdogan tightens his grip on power in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan by Government of Chile - Gobierno de Chile. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has introduced new powers bringing the military further under civilian authority.

The move comes after the failed coup of 15 July, which resulted in the arrests of more than 10,000 people, most of them from the country's armed forces.

Nearly 70,000 others were suspended or sacked from their jobs in the media, health care, education, military and the judiciary.

Turkey is currently under a three month state of emergency. This latest decree, the third since the coup, gives the prime minister and the president authority to issue direct orders to the commander of the army, air force and navy. 

Erdogan also wants to bring the country's MIT intelligence agency and the chief of general staff's headquarters under presidential control. 

The crackdown has caused concern among Turkey's western allies and has particularly strained its relationship with Germany.