Turkey's Erdoğan warns of dire coup consequences in Egypt

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again vehemently criticized the Egyptian army for ousting a democratically elected leader, saying that Turkey had experienced dire consequences of the coups in the past and he doesn't want to see “the Egyptian people” suffer from same problems that emanate from military coups.
Speaking at a fast-breaking dinner organized by the Civil Servants' Trade Union (MEMUR-SEN) in Ankara on Wednesday, Erdoğan said the new interim president was not determined by the Egyptian people but was chosen by Egyptian military.
Except for Turkey and a few other countries, Erdoğan noted, the international community failed to call “coup” a “coup” and didn't endorse the democratic process in the North African country.
He harshly criticized the international community for turning a blind eye on a massacre targeting Egyptian people who had “only questioned their stolen votes,” in reference to the July 8 killing of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo.
The Turkish prime minister also slammed the main opposition party in Turkey for enduring internal squabbles over defining the military intervention in Egypt.
Some deputies within main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) rejected describing the army's move as a military coup while the official position of the party recognized the Egyptian army's intervention in civil politics as a direct coup.
Erdoğan said Turkey is looking forward to seeing a return to normal politics and Egypt emerging out of political turmoil as soon as possible with the formation of a transition period to democracy.
He said steps must be taken to pull Egypt out of the ongoing chaos to avoid letting it deepen.
Erdoğan also argued that those who perpetrated a coup will not be remembered well in history as at the early phase of military coups some appear and hail them.
“Turkish people never forgive coup perpetrators, as history clearly illustrates,” Erdoğan said.
Regarding efforts to draft a new Turkish constitution, Erdoğan said parties represented in Parliament have been able to agree upon 48 articles while there is still disagreement over the rest of the new document.
“Let's submit those 48 articles which parties agree upon to Parliament within one week,” Erdoğan urged, in a move to accelerate the process of writing the new constitution, which has faced constant deadlocks because of a wide rift among parties regarding some controversial articles such as the definition of citizenship and a shift to a presidential system of government.

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