Turkish interior minister says coup rumours aim to spread chaos

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said reports of another possible coup attempt against the ruling party were aimed at creating an atmosphere of political chaos, Hürriyet daily columnist Hande Fırat wrote.

"There is no person or an organisation in Turkey that can stage a coup. Some cliques provoke, try to provoke," Fırat quoted Soylu as saying in a column published on Tuesday.

Speculation of a new coup has been rife for more than a week, kicked off by a pro-government columnist reacting to comments by former army chief of staff İlker Başbuğ. The retired general accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of being the political wing of the Gülen movement, an Islamist group the government blames for the 2016 failed coup.

The Turkish military wielded significant powers over governments, launching three coups since 1960 and in 1997 issuing a series of what it called recommendations the civilian administration had no choice but to accept. Then, more than 250 people were killed in the 2016 failed coup.

"There is no demand for military tutelage in any Turkish institution. There is also no remnant of tutelage," Soylu said.