July 15, 2016
ISTANBUL—The Turkish military said it had seized control of the government, while the prime minister tried to assure the country that the government remained in charge.
The Turkish military said in a statement that it was “re-establishing constitutional order” and the country would abide by international agreements….
…Prime Minister Binali Yildirim appeared on live television Friday night to say segments of the military were trying to carry out a coup as troops closed off major bridges in Istanbul, tanks took up positions at the city airport and jets flew low over the capital. He said those trying to overthrow the government would pay a heavy price.
“The government elected by the people remains in charge,” Mr. Yildirim said. “This government will only go when the people say so.”