General Kenan Evren, the acting head of state of Turkey, and the four members of the ruling National Security Council were sworn in, at a brief ceremony in Ankara on Thursday (18 September).
GV INTERIOR New Turkish junta arriving to be sworn in (3 shots)
LV ZOOM TO CU General Kenan Evren speaking in Turkish
SV Military officers shake hands with General Evren and members of junta (3 shots)
GV Tanks along highway (3 shots)
GV Students and armed troops on campus (3 shots)
LV Troops guarding street (2 shots)
GV Tank outside prison and traffic passing (3 shots)
SV Troops searching people (3 shots)
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Background: General Kenan Evren, the acting head of state of Turkey, and the four members of the ruling National Security Council were sworn in, at a brief ceremony in Ankara on Thursday (18 September). They vowed to seek solution to the country's problems and to prepare a new constitution.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony, held at the National Assembly building, was attended by Turkish army commanders, diplomats, judges and senior civil servants. Each council member "vowed to the Turkish Nation" that he would seek "a solution to all the problems confronting the Turkish Republic."
General Evren led his colleagues in their oath to remain faithful to the principles of justice, and human rights, and to defend Turkey's sovereignty and integrity. Council members said they would devise "a new constitution based on the principles of a democratic republic". General Evren swore an oath of allegiance as head of state while his colleagues took the oath as members of the council.
General Evren said on tuesday (16 September) that a cabinet would be formed by the end of the week, but this latest move indicates that the military council intends to maintain overall control. General Evren made clear that he intends to prevent a recurrence of the political paralysis which developed under previous civilian governments. The generals have accused the former rulers of putting their interests before those of the state.
As the generals were sworn in, many of the troops started to pull out of ankara. Some tanks and armoured vehicles have now been withdrawn from the streets of the Turkish capital, but they are still guarding all the approach roads. And the troops are still stationed at Ankara's universities.
University campuses in the past have been battlegrounds of feuding political factions. Hundreds of students died in fighting but now the army is trying to keep the peace between the extreme right and left wingers.
A new law by the generals gives the army sweeping powers to detain suspects without charge for up to 30 days, instead of only two as before.
Suspects are detained at the military prison in Ankara. Since the coup, the army has arrested hundreds of suspected terrorists and troublemakers. The security crack down seems to have shown results. Before the coup an average of 16 people a day died in politically motivated killings. But in the week since the military take over, most areas of Turkey have enjoyed a period of relative peace.