Turkish turmoil

Print edition : August 19, 2016

July 22: President Erdogan (second from left) inspecting damage at the damage to the Grand National Assembly, which was bombed during the coup attempt on July 15. Photo: PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/KAYHAN OZERAFP

Demonstrators march with national flags in Istanbul on July 24 to condemn the coup attempt. Several banners also protested the post-coup state of emergency, with one proclaiming "No to the coup, no to dictatorship" and another saying "Turkey is secular and will remain so". The rally was organised by the country's biggest opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party, but was supported by Erdogan's AKP. Photo: OZAN KOSE/AFP

After crushing the rebellion, President Erdogan is effectively in control of the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and many Turks know that his goal is to change the character of the republic, though he insists otherwise.
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