"Erdogan is now in a stronger position than he might have imagined early on Friday night"by Tahir Abbas / July 18, 2016 / Leave a comment
Since Turkey’s failed coup d’état ended prematurely on Saturday morning, over 6,000 military personnel and judges have been arrested or detained. There has been a massive sweep of the “plotters” at the behest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party, the AKP. These people will face the President’s fury, along with immense public indignation. It is apparent now that only a minor fragment of the military carried out this rather insubstantial coup.
Moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, was once a close ally of the AKP and a supporter of its policies. But since 2013, when relations soured, Gulen and his liberal socio-religious movement have been blamed every time something doesn’t go according to plan in Turkey. True to form, Erdogan accused Gulen of being behind the coup attempt, though the government has been unable to put forward any evidence for this. Meanwhile, Gulen and his followers vehemently deny any wrongdoing.