Bosnian president: Army’s job is to protect country

BELGRADE, Serbia (AA) – The only job of the army is to protect the country, the Chairman of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, said amid a coup attempt in Turkey late Friday.

“The army has no right to take over control,” Izetbegovic told Anadolu Agency. “Those are threats to block Turkey’s development and democracy.”

Izetbegovic recalled previous coup attempts in Turkey but doubted the success of the current attempt.

“I believe that this attempt will not be successful this time. I want to say that my brother [President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish people have strong support of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said.

Izetbegovic urged Turks to stand by their president and government for democracy and the right to vote.

“The only way [way to get past this is] that people react to what happens,” he said. “These people [soldiers] has to see what people want and how they feel,” he added.

“In any country, military taking control did not result in a good way. They should return to the barracks and obey the civil government.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered in the center of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to show their support for Turkey and the Turkish people.