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Turkey: When Erdoğan Looks at Egypt’s Morsi, Does He See Himself?

Erdoğan wants to bid adieu to coup possibilities forever. (Photo: Turkish Prime Minister's Press Office)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is critical of Egypt’s military for unseating the country's first democratically elected president, the Muslim-Brotherhood-backed Mohammed Morsi. At the same time, the July 3 coup in Egypt appears to be encouraging Erdoğan to maintain his own get-tough policies in Turkey, analysts say.

Turkey has experienced four military coups in recent history – in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997. Since coming to power in 2002, Erdoğan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) have carried out a no-holds-barred campaign to bring the Turkish military to heel.

On August 5, a milestone in that battle occurred when a closed, special court sentenced 19 of 275 defendants, including former Armed Forces Chief of Staff General İlker Başbuğ, to life in prison for allegedly conspiring to unseat the AKP. The conspiracy was dubbed Ergenekon.

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Justin Vela is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey: When Erdoğan Looks at Egypt’s Morsi, Does He See Himself?

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