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The military's SOLE duty is to defend the republic and its people. Sometimes, the threat to the republic and its people is its government.
President Erdoğan pressured a prime minister into resigning because the PM did not support a new constitution extending presidential power.
1. Unlike the military in the US and many other nations, neither the Turkish prime minister nor the president are "commander in chief."
Turkish military coups are not undertaken unless there is a direct threat to the constitution in both letter and spirit.
2. Military service in Turkey is compulsory for all men, who can serve at many different ages, so the military is in large part laypeople.
The military takes over very briefly-- long enough to oust the bad actors in a despotic govt and to organize free elections of new leaders.
Built into the checks and balances system of the Turkish government is the idea that despots can be removed by the military.
Erdoğan's war against the Kurds in southeastern Turkey has actually been a hindrance to military operations against ISIS.
The majority of anti-ISIS fighters on the ground are Kurds, but near SE Turkey/Syrian border, they are being killed by Erdoğan's orders.
"But what about democracy?!" you say. "Isn't rule by the military fascism?" Yes! But these coups are not used that way.
First of all, to understand the place coups hold in the political infrastructure of Turkey, you have to know 2 things about the military:
This is a VERY cursory overview but now you know what to Google, and hopefully understand that this coup could be a positive thing.
Now that a puppet PM has replaced him, the implantation of a new constitution has become a very real threat.
People are in my mentions saying ISIS will be thrilled about this coup because they can capitalize on instability. Not necessarily.
And this PM was even in his party! He just wasn't willing to roll over all the way for Erdoğan.
Why has Erdoğan declared war on Kurds after a (RELATIVE, HISTORICALLY) period of peace? Kurdish revolutionaries formed a political party.
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