The suggestion that the military coup in Turkey was staged is simply a conspiracy theory as the real reasons it failed were because large sections of the military support the president and due to the lack of a leader among its organizers, Isa Gambar, the leader of Azerbaijan’s main opposition party Musavat, told Sputnik on Monday.
“It is a conspiracy theory, there was a real attempt at a military coup, in which a considerable group of the armed forces took part, ” Isa Gambar, who was acting president of Azerbaijan in the 1990s, said.
The opposition politician also noted that the bulk of the Turkish army did not support the coup d’etat.
“Apparently, the rebel military thought in terms of the classic example of past coups and did not realize that times have changed and Turkish society is not like 20, 30 or 40 years ago,” Gambar added.
After the coup, which claimed 290 lives with at least 1,400 people injured, Erdogan blamed low-ranking military officers who rebelled against their superiors. On Monday, a national court sanctioned the arrest of 41 out of the 103 detained generals and admirals suspected of plotting the insurrection with an arrest warrant being issued against the president’s top military adviser Ali Yazici.