A military group attempted to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan and imposed martial law overnight in Turkey, reported Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
A section of the Turkish military organised a coup on Saturday. Coup leaders claimed that they were fighting for democracy against the democratically elected President. Although the fate of the coup seemed to be wavering a few hours after it all began, it certainly seems to have paralysed the country’s economy and tourism.
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President Tayyip Erdogan was elected in the year 2003 and although he has worked for the betterment of the country, he made new enemies who consider him a conservatist, especially amongst the proponents of Kemalism, a series of principles founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.
The coup began to fail a few hours in, with the President gaining support from the public and also some of the military and government officials. Large crowds of protesters broke out on the streets against the coup.
The failure of the coup has re-established President Erdogan’s stronghold over the country. He has been a single growing power in the country since he came into office in 2003, gathering support from the public and is now being recognized as an authoritarian by some.