02/08/2016 7:56 PM AEST | Updated 03/08/2016 1:12 AM AEST

Turkish Purge Turns To Takeover Of Military Factories, Shipyards

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the move is essential for national security.

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Workers make Turkish flags at a small flag factory in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish prime minister says the government takeover of factories and shipyards won't weaken the military.

Turkey has taken over factories and shipyards that had been under control of the military general staff as part of a wide-ranging shake-up of the armed forces following last month’s abortive coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

Yildirim, who was speaking to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament, also said the restructuring of Turkey’s armed forces would not weaken the military, but put its focus on activities essential for national security.