Coup attempt in Turkey

On Friday afternoon a section of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in a failed coup. 

A statement released by the military claimed that they had overthrown the government, shortly afterwards, the government also relesed a statement claiming that they were still in Power. President Erdogan took to FaceTime to call CNN Turk to make a statement.  

Tanks were seen in the streets and bridges and the airport were closed in Istanbul, demonstrators took to the streets to protest agianst the coup. 

Early on Saturday morning soldiers surrendered to Police, confirming the governments claims that the coup had failed. At the time of writing there were at least 90 casualties reported and over 1500 soldiers had been arrested. 




Key facts

  • There have been four military coups in Turkey over the past 50 years. 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997.
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been president since 2014, before hos appointment he had been the Prime Minister between 2003 and 2014.
  • Sitting in both Europe and Asia, Turkey is a gateway between the East and the West.