Update 24: After emerging from the Istanbul airport, Erdogan is now holding a press conference.
#Erdogan live conference: Coup actions are treason. We're a govt elected by the people. https://t.co/WBurSvcN1i pic.twitter.com/CwEMgH0vXy— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) July 16, 2016
- ERDOGAN: COUP ATTEMPT A 'BLESSING' AS MILITARY TO BE CLEANSED
- ERDOGAN: THE BEHAVIOR OF 'NEW TURKEY' WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT
- Erdogan says traitors in military are taking orders from Pennsylvania, where opposition leader Gulen is based
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That doesn't matter to Erdogan however, who continues with the well-known narrative. As a result, many have suggested that this poorly planned coup was in fact created by Erdogan himself to bolster his popularity and his international political image, and so now armed with the sympathy vote he will actively push to conclude Turkey's conversion from a parliamentary regime to a presidential one. As such the coup was nothing more than a carefully staged prop, one which saw virtually nobody hurt, nobody arrested, and practically zero actual involvement by the "army."
It remains to be seen if this is true.
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