Turkish Coup: 'It'll be brutal. The aim was to kill Erdoğan and end his regime', says political economist

Turkey: political economist discusses attempted coup and president Erdoğan's upcoming challenges

Turkey's president faces numerous challenges after the weekend attempt to remove him from power

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A political economist has told talkRADIO that Turks should expect a "brutal" crackdown following the attempted coup in the country over the weekend, and that campaigners should not expect a "progressive outcome". 

Last weekend, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put down an attempt to oust him from power. 

Since then he has taken decisive action to remove all elements that he perceives to oppose him, making thousands of arrests, including more than 2,700 judges and 29 of the country's top generals.

Mehmet Erman Erol, a Turkish political economist from the University of York, discussed the coup with Jonny Gould and Ash and highlighted some of the upcoming challenges in the country. 

"[The crackdown] will be quite brutal," he said. "The aim [of the coup] was to kill Erdoğan and put an end to his regime.

"I don't think there will be a progressive outcome."  

Listen to the full interview above