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What’s behind Turkey’s failed coup?

The Turkish government says it’s now in full control after a faction of the military attempted a coup.

After a violent night that saw bomb blasts, air strikes and gunfire across Turkey, hundreds of people have been killed or injured.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government is now in control and the attempted coup has failed.

The president also says those responsible will pay a “heavy price”.

Many arrests have followed. Some soldiers have surrendered but the president wants his supporters to be vigilant.

At the heart of this failed coup is the role played by Turkey’s people.

Thousands came out in support of their democratically elected government.

But what does the failed coup mean for democracy in Turkey?

Presenter: Fauzia Ibrahim


Galip Dalay – Senior Fellow in Turkey and Kurdish Studies at the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.

Ian Lesser – Senior Director for Foreign Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Can Kasapoglu – Defence Analyst at the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul.