Rabat – The Turkish army announced in a communique on Friday evening that it has seized power and overthrew the hitherto President Recep Tayeb Erdogan.
The coup d’etat was described by Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, as “illegal action” by the military group, which closed Istanbul bridges and flew aircraft low over the Turkish capital Ankara.
The Turkish official told media that there was a coup d’etat to overthrow the President.
” Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Yildirim, the prime minister, said on private channel NTV. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”
Yildirim went on to add that his country would never allow any “initiative that would interrupt democracy.”
“We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt (coup),” Yildirim said according to the same source. “There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.”
It is unclear whether the military group that orchestrated the attempt has succeeded in overthrowing the Turkish President.
The Turkish PM said the attempts has failed, adding that his government’s security forces have acted against those behind the attempted military group.
“There are certain groups who took the arms trusted to them by the state and pointed them toward state employees,” Yildirim said. “We shall determine soon who they are. Our security forces have acted against these groups.”
CNN Turk reported that Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdogan is “safe.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government are still in power and will not tolerate attempts to undermine democracy, a presidential source said, according to Reuters.