Surrounded by cheering supporters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared before the crowd people in Istanbul, vowing to stay in power hours after an army faction dramatically tried to topple the government. Erdogan’s arrival in Istanbul from the coastal city of Marmaris came after Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told mediaon Saturday that the situation in the country was “largely under control”.
Senior Turkish officials informed the media that at least 60 people were killed across Turkey during the coup attempt. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the military chief of staff, Gen Hulusi Akar, are still unknown. He is reported to have been taken hostage by rebel soldiers.