So you were either a journalist or working for our friends in the service? I respectfully disagree with your assessment- but at lest we agree that Erdogan is a baddie. He is a dictator- the elections were not legit, and have you seen his actions since the alleged coup?I was in a role for a number of years that covered the region - and Turkey - very closely until the end of 2016. I made this assessment based on hard facts and observations from colleagues in our Embassy in Ankara (including a stream of near-real time material from a well-known ex Arrser) as well as daily discussions with like-minded Allies in-country, so please excuse me for not believing your bat-$h!t crazy theories. Where are they derived from? Pravda? Greek-Cypriot newspapers?*
As I have pointed out before, Erdogn is not a dictator (don't worry, I'm no fan of his) but he has been successively democratically elected since being Mayor of Istanbul in the late 1990s. The run-up to General and Presidential elections hasn't always been even-handed, but he has brought prosperity to the working class across Turkey (his own background) rather than being the typical, secular, Western-oriented elite who have ruled since the days of Ataturk in the 1920s. However, as the last lot of elections have showed, his ruling AKP has lost most metropolitan and coastal areas to the CHP (Republican Peoples' Party) who have, unfortunately, yet to field a suitable presidential candidate.
*you forgot to add a common conspiracy theory at the time that 'England' had 20,000 troops pre-positions in Cyprus to seize key points and avenge the defeat of Gallipoli...
*I ddn't forget- I don't talk shite if I can help it. Happy to be educated by better informed people though.