[Ed. – This would fit a long-running pattern in Turkey. That said, Erdogan and his AKP cohort have spent the last decade gutting the military’s independence. We’ll see. Whatever the story, this event is unlikely to restore a status quo equilibrium. It’s more likely to be a harbinger of something else.]
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.”