Sunday 30 April 2017

Erdogan will reach for greater power after coup's failure

An army intervention that was always going to fail has opened the way for a widespread purge, writes Aengus Collins

ALL CHANGE: Former allies Recep Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen are now implacable enemies
ALL CHANGE: Former allies Recep Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen are now implacable enemies

Aengus Collins

It was apparent from shortly after the start of the attempted July 15 coup in Turkey that it would fail.

Turkey's democratic culture is shallow, but it is nevertheless resilient. The country has lived through numerous coups before and there is almost no appetite for a return to those times.

As elements of the army moved onto the street and sought to take key installations, the absence of even tacit support in any segment of society was striking.

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