Important states and institutions announce their backing for the Erdogan presidency after an attempt to seize control of the Turkish government by a rogue faction of the military appeared to fail.
The coup attempt, which is reported as being started by a “faction” of the Turkish armed forces, appears to have been clearly thought out and, even if it was shorted lived, must have been meditated.
At some point in the coup attempt the army’s top general, Hulusi Akar, was kidnapped by the army faction, later being rescued from a location near Ankara by a security force.
The official army has released a statement reaffirming its support for the Erdogan government. US president Barack Obama, alongside Britain and other world powers, has announced his support for the “democratically elected government”.
Erdogan’s own speeches are attributing the failure of the coup to the unity of the Turkish people and painting those involved as rebels who belong to a minority in the “armed forces”
The coup attempt itself left more than 90 dead and lead to the arrest of 1,563 personnel. Those who initiated the coup have reportedly taken to calling themselves the “Peace at Home Movement” and insisted that it is still fighting and that the coup is not over.