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EU urges Turkey to respect rule of law, civilian control over military

EU urges Turkey to respect rule of law, civilian control over military

The European Union on Wednesday warned the Turkish military to stay out of a political crisis over the election of the EU candidate country's president.
EU spokesman Johannes Laitenberger said Turkey must abide by the rule of law and civilian control over the military. If Turkey wants to be member of the EU, "it needs to respect these principles," he said. Last week, Turkey's pro-secular military threatened to intervene in a dispute over the Islamic-rooted ruling party's candidate for president.