Turkey, a NATO member country, is reporting that a military coup has taken place and there are conflicting reports as to who is in control of the country at this point. One report states the military has assumed control. Of course each faction will claim it has power at this point, and only time will tell who emerges the victor, but in these turbulent times anything can happen.
Will the European Union still consider accelerating the membership of Turkey into their fold? Obama better warm up his teleprompter for this one.
But in the meantime, here is a “strong” and all too obvious statement from John Kerry:
John Kerry: “WE HOPE THERE WILL BE PEACE AND STABILITY IN TURKEY”
Wow, thanks Mr. Kerry, because no one else would ever have thought of that statement.
From what I’ve gathered, it seems the military has assumed control of SOME government institutions, but the elected politicians still have centralized authority. It depends on how much of the military has defected and if their leaders can persuade the rest to follow their lead.
Bloomburg reports that the military has seized power, and the government is vowing to resist:
Turkey’s army says it seized power in the country as warplanes flew over the capital and tanks blocked roads in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said his government is still in control and will resist.
The army said in an e-mailed statement that it took power to restore freedom and democracy. It said all international agreements will be honored.
The coup effort won’t be permitted to succeed, Yildirim told NTV television. He said army units have besieged “some institutions,” and he said police — traditionally closer to his government than the army — have been ordered to use arms if necessary. He said the elected government remains in power.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much of the country is now under military control.
Since 1960, the NATO member has experienced at least three takeovers by the secular-minded army. But since the Islamist-rooted Ak Party government came to power in 2002, the political influence of the military has been trimmed.
Turkey’s lira plunged the most in two months, dropping 3.8 percent to 2.9901 per dollar
New York Times reporting that the government is still in charge:
ISTANBUL — The prime minister of Turkey said on Friday night that factions of the military had attempted a coup.
“Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in comments broadcast on NTV, a private television channel. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”
Reuters reported in a short series of bulletins that the military had issued a statement saying it had “taken over” for “democratic order” and that “all existing foreign relations will continue.”
The whereabouts of PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated politics in Turkey for many years and has sought to establish a firm control over the military, was not immediately clear.
Military forces shut two bridges over the Bosporus in Istanbul, and fighter jets were seen flying over Istanbul and Ankara, the capital. The main airport in Istanbul was reported to have halted flights.