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Turkey votes amid 113260 arrests

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he expects 63% Yes votes in the upcoming referendum on constitutional reforms in Turkey, reports Anadolu news agency.

Speaking to journalists in Istanbul Sunday, Cavusoglu said some surveys suggest current percentage of Yes votes to be over 58%, adding that more people are expected to vote Yes.

He also said the rate of voting has increased by more than 30% abroad compared with the previous presidential election.

Meanwhile speaking on a local television channel in northern Trabzon province, the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the nationwide FETO probe has seen 113260 arrests since the defeated coup, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.

According to the Turkish government, the U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016, which left 249 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

“Among the remanded are 10,732 police officers, 7,643 soldiers, and 168 generals. 2,575are judges and prosecutors. 26,177 are civilians, 208 are local administrators,” Soylu said.

The minister said 863 other suspects remain at large.

Soylu revealed that 23,861 of those remanded have been freed, while 41,499 others released under judicial supervision.

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