Turkey marks two decades since last coup

On February 28, 1997, the Turkish military issued a stern memorandum against the democratically elected government for allegedly violating the country’s "secularist nature."

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

On February 28, 1997, the coalition government led by then Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan was toppled in what is now remembered as the country’s "postmodern coup" – the only coup in Turkey’s coup-rich history not to take place at gunpoint.

It's exactly 20 years since an elected prime minister of Turkey was forced out by the military in what became known as the "post-modern" coup.

Army officers ousted Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and enforced new laws that left their mark on the country for a generation.

TRT World takes a​ look at the events leading up to and following Turkey's "post-modern coup" on February 28, 1997.

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