Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt was a precursor to a civilian putsch – Aykan Erdemir

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Four years on, there are still many question marks surrounding Turkey’s attempted military coup of July 15, 2016. But what seems clear is that the ground-breaking event changed the country, possibly forever.

Was the movement of Fethullah Gülen, blamed by the government for the failed putsch, soley to blame, or was the coup hybrid in nature? Why do we know so little about what took place that night and the day after? Why was an investigatory report by a a parliamentary commission not made public? Why is it fair to talk about two consecutive putsches? Where did opposition politicians fail in the coup’s aftermath?

Aykan Erdemir, a former deputy for the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and now a senior director of the Turkey Program with the Foundation of Defence of Democracies, discusses the issue with Yavuz Baydar, the Editor in Chief of Ahval.

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