Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was predicted to lose power. This statement was made by former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on his Twitter.
According to Davutoglu, the Turkish leader is under the influence of forces that staged a coup d’etat in 1997. Davutoglu believes that Erdogan’s supporters support those behind the event.
“Only outwardly it seems that Erdogan is running the country. In the next phase, they will overthrow him,” the former prime minister said.
On Feb. 28, 1997, then-Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan signed a memorandum under pressure from the local military. Among other things, it guaranteed the prime minister’s resignation and adherence to the principles set by Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The coup has been called a “velvet coup” because the military did not dissolve parliament or suspend the constitution immediately. Four months later, Erbakan was forced out of office.