Turkish Military Denies Coup Allegations
Turkey’s armed forces (TSK) have released a statement saying they do not wish to get involved in the current political turmoil.
The statement came out on TSK’s official website, after speculations that the corruption scandal involving PM Recep Erdogan’s cabinet is part of a plot to trigger a military coup.
“The Turkish Armed Forces does not want to be involved in political debates. On the other hand, the TSK will keep on closely following the developments regarding its corporate identity and the legal positions of its members”, the statement said, cited by the daily Hurriyet.
“The TSK carries on its duties and responsibilities, which are defined by the constitution and the law, by staying out of any kind of political opinion and movement”, the statement continues.
On Thursday, Erdogan announced the reshuffle of 10 cabinet ministers, following a high-profile corruption probe. Earlier, 3 other ministers had resigned.
The scandal ignited new protests against the government in several major cities.
PM Erdogan, however, believes the whole investigation is part of an international plot to overthrow his government.