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Turkish interior minister Efkan Ala resigns

Efkan Ala has served as interior minister for nearly three years. Photograph: (Reuters)

Istanbul, Turkey Aug 31, 2016, 07.51 PM (IST)
Turkish interior minister Efkan Ala resigned in a surprise move, Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announced today.

Ala's resignation comes days after a string of bombings that sparked criticism and concerns over intelligence failures after last month's failed coup. 

Ala will be replaced by Suleyman Soylu -- the current labour and social security minister.

The government has cracked down on the alleged sympathisers of the July 15 coup that sought to bring down the government of President Erdogan. The coup – which has been blamed on supporters of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen -- has raised questions about country's intelligence failings. 

Ala previously acted as undersecretary to Erdogan. 

He has served as interior minister for nearly three years. 

Mehmet Muezzinoglu, a deputy chairman of Erdogan's AK Party, will fill in the post of Soylu. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)
 
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