The Turkish military has released an official statement, announcing that it has taken control of the country, following a military coup.
The Turkish military has issued a statement saying it has taken over power. The statement said it had done so to preserve democratic order, and that the rule of law must remain a priority.
The Turkish military broadcast the announcement over Turkish television.
Their full statement announced that “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged.
“All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”
Current Turkish PM Binali Yildirim had earlier denied that the ‘illegal’ military actions reported in Turkey had been a coup, and had threatened harsh punishments for those involved. He added that security forces had been called in to deal with the situation.
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently on holiday and outside the country, with a member of his office quoted as saying he is currently safe.