July 15 to mark fest for our democracy, says Turkish PM

Rebel soldiers in Ankara and Istanbul were still firing from the air early on Saturday, although fighter jets have taken off to deal with rogue military aircraft, he added.

The Turkish military Friday said it had seized control of the government, while Prime Minister Binali Yildirim tried to assure the country that the government remained in charge.

"The government elected by the people remains in charge".

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Traffic has been stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul, and there are reports of gunshots in the capital Ankara. "July 15 has now turned into the fest of our democracy", he said, praising the citizens who stood in front of tanks in Istanbul and elsewhere in the country. All flights are cancelled.

TRT state television announced a countrywide curfew. CNN Turk also reported that hostages were being held at the military headquarters. "We will discuss with other political party leaders on what further measures we should take to prevent such future attempts", Yıldırım said, without directly responding to the content of the question. It also learnt that the military coup was part of the Turkish army attempt to overthrow the government of President Erdogan. "This government will only go when the people say so".

He was seen surrounded by supporters and said the coup attempt was an "act of treason" in a live TV speech.

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