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Turkey coup may have been staged by President Erdogan, says exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen

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The reclusive cleric blamed by Turkey’s president for the failed coup in Turkey claims the uprising by the country’s military may have been “staged” by the government.

In a rare interview, Fethullah Gülen, who is in exile in the US, denied all claims he was behind the coup and instead made the counter-claim that Turkey’s president had orchestrated the revolt.

He told The Guardian: “I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdoğan.

“There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against the Gülenists].”

Gülen, who now lives in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, leads a popular movement called Hizmet which split from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a corruption scandal in 2013.

He claimed he only knew a “minute fraction” of his followers still in Turkey and so could not confirm or deny their “potential involvement” in the attempted coup. – READ MORE

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