Updated: July 16, 2016 8:53:18 am
Gunshots were heard in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Friday, a Reuters witness said, as military jets and helicopters were seen flying overhead. Turkey’s Prime Minister says a group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Binali Yildirim told NTV television, “It is correct that there was an attempt.”
Turkish military has declared martial law and curfew in the country as per TRT state TV. President Erdogan has said that a minority faction of military is behind the attempted coup.
This is not the first attempted coup by the military in Turkey. Here is a list of coup that took place in Turkey in last 60 years:
The first coup was in May 1960 when the army arrested all members of the ruling Democrat Party and put them on trial.
In September 1961, Adnan Menderes, the overthrown prime minister, was hanged together with his foreign and finance ministers.
The army forced the conservative prime minister, Suleyman Demirel, to resign. Martial law was declared and a government of “technocrats” installed.
The army’s last major intervention in politics came in 1980 when the generals took over Turkey after violence between Left- and Right-wing students brought them to the brink of civil war.
The Junta leader, Kenan Evren, elevated himself to the presidency and rewrote the constitution to guarantee the army’s power.
In early 1997, the army forced the Islamist-led coalition of Necmettin Erbakan to resign on the grounds that he was steering Turkey toward religious rule. But the army refrained from seizing power and allowed secular politicians to form a new government.
On 15 July 2016, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım confirmed a coup d’état attempt by Turkish military servicemen.
(With inputs from agencies)