Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party (abbreviation of Turkish initials of Justice and Development Party) came to power in 2002, a year after the formation of the AK Party. Since then, he has been trying to centralize power around his office. He has reportedly curtailed freedom of speech and expression.
Religious bent of Turkish government: Under the leadership of the AKP, the country has bent towards Islamism. Several laws were passed to enforce Islamic values instead of secular Turkish values.
Erdogan’s tense relationship with US: While Turkey and US militaries share a close partnership, Erdogan has a tense relationship with western leaders, including US President Barack Obama.
Erdogan’s challenge to Army: When Erdogan had come to power in 2002, he accused several army officers and placed many of them on trial.
Push for change in constitution: Erdogan has always wanted to rewrite the Constitution to create US style presidency in Turkey, which have alienated many of his supporters.
Advisory for Indians in Turkey
NEW DELHI: In the wake of an attempted army coup in Turkey, Indian Embassy in Ankara has advised Indians in Turkey to avoid public places and remain indoors until the situation becomes normal.
Spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs Vikas Swarup tweeted two emergency numbers for Indians: +905303142203 for Ankara and +905305671095 for Istanbul.
#SituationinTurkey Emergency contact numbers for Indian nationals
In Ankara: +905303142203
In Istanbul: +905305671095