Turkey coup attempt: The plotters were minority in armed forces, says President Erdogan

The Turkey President has accused US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the failed coup

By: Reuters | Istanbul | Updated: July 21, 2016 1:09 am
Turkey, turkey coup, turkey coup attempt, coup in turkey, president erdogan, erdogan, tayyip erdogan, turkey news, turkey coup news, world news, latest news, turkey news Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters outside of his residence in Istanbul, Turkey, early July 19, 2016. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday only a minority of the armed forces were involved in last Friday’s failed military coup but he said it was not clear exactly how many people had taken part.

“It is clear it was a minority (of the armed forces). The terrorist organisation was trying to make the minority dominate the majority,” Erdogan told the Al Jazeera channel in an interview translated into English.

Erdogan has accused US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the failed coup. He regularly refers to Gulen and his supporters in Turkey and abroad as a “terrorist organisation”.

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