Turkey’s opposition party leaders decry coup attempt

ANKARA (AA) – The head of the Turkish Nationalist Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli made a telephone call to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Friday and said the attempted coup is not acceptable.

According to a statement form the Turkish Prime Ministry, Bahceli said his party is in solidarity with Turkish Republic.

Later, in a written statement, Bahceli said an attempt at suspending democracy and ignoring the national will is a big mistake against Turkey.

“The price Turkey will pay will be considerably high in the event of a civil war in Turkey. As Turkish people, we need to be distant to all kinds of interventions risking our national unity and integrity,” he said.

In addition, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said early Saturday that the community should have a unified reaction to every coup attempt.

Speaking to Turkey’s private news channel NTV, Kilicidaroglu took a stand against a military coup attempt. “Community should give joint reaction to every coup attempt,” he said.

“So, whoever does, wherever it comes, we should take a joint stand against the coup as we take a joint stand against terrorism” he added.

A minority group within the Turkish military took illegal action outside the chain of command in an attempted coup late Friday as warplanes and helicopters flew above the heart of the capital of Ankara.

Droves of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the illegal coup attempt.

In a joint written statement, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs, Selehattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, said no one replaces himself as the national will. “HDP takes a stand against every coup in every condition.”

“There is no way beside protecting the democratic politics,” it added.