Newspaper headlines: Fall-out from failed Turkey coup attempt

The implications of the failed coup attempt in Turkey feature on many of Monday's front pages.

The Times reports that almost 6,000 people have been detained since Friday's attempt to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including at least 2,840 members of the military and 2,745 judges.

The government closed five news websites, signalling a new crackdown on media freedom in an increasingly Islamicised state, the Times continues.

"The Turkish military is the last strong opposition to the president," it says. "Staunchly secular and distrusting of political elites, it has brought down three governments it deemed to have strayed too far from the secular legacy of Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's founding father."

Turkey could restore the death penalty, says the Times, in a move that would heighten international tensions because the country is a key ally in the war against so-called Islamic State and in tackling Europe's migrant crisis.

The Financial Times says the crackdown against those responsible for Turkey's abortive coup moved into the heart of Mr Erdogan's inner circle, while sporadic fighting signalled that small pockets of mutineers were still resisting arrest.

"Thousands of loyal Turks crowded around public areas such as the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and the presidential palace in Ankara, underscoring Mr Erdogan's call to his followers to remain vigilant," says the FT.

"The arrest last night of Mr Erdogan's aide-de-camp, Colonel Ali Yazici, a man with unfettered access to the president, showed how deep the conspiracy to topple his government ran.

"A Turkish official revealed that Mr Erdogan's jet was 'harassed' by at least two fighter jets in the early hours of the coup."

The i says the Turkish government was continuing a ruthless crackdown on those suspected of involvement in the failed coup.

The Guardian reports that Turkey will request the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, and whom Mr Erdogan accuses of orchestrating the coup.

World leaders warned Mr Erdogan not to think that the attempted military coup gave him "carte blanche to do whatever he wants", says the Telegraph.


Technology and people power

Julian Borger and Patrick Kingsley in the Guardian report that Turkey's parliament delivered a joint ode to democracy after the failed coup attempt - a rare display of unity between government and opposition parties.

"The moment of solidarity, built on shared repulsion at the prospect of another military intervention in Turkish politics, was fleeting," they say.

"Once he had regained his footing, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no signs of gratitude to opposition parties whose condemnation of the attempted putsch contributed to the speed of its collapse, describing the failed coup as a 'gift from God' that would allow a thorough purge of his enemies.

"If the abortive coup does provide Erdogan with the momentum he needs to achieve his central goal of changing Turkey's constitution and concentrating power in a dominant presidency, it could have long-term repercussions for the country's political stability, and consequently for its economic prospects and its place in the world, not least as a bastion of Nato's south-eastern flank."

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Image caption Protesters wave Turkish and Ottoman flags in Istanbul's Taksim Square

In the Financial Times, David Gardner says the army acted as the final arbiter of power in Turkey since the death of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1938 until Mr Erdogan came to power in 2002.

"As prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan defanged Turkey's armed forces, only to re-empower them when he became president two years ago," he writes.

"Mr Erdogan's see-sawing relationship with the country's most powerful institution has been one of the dominant themes of his tenure, and is the backstory to the attempted coup."

Ece Toksabay in the i describes it as a strangely 20th Century coup, defeated by 21st Century technology and people power.

"It was more like Ankara in 1980, or Chile in 1973, than a modern Westernised state in 2016," she says.


Democracy a two-way street

In a leading article, the Times says a successful military coup would have been disastrous but the Turkish president must guard against the temptation to assume despotic power.

"The Turkish government should tread softly, it says. "The rule of law is its sole guarantee of fragile legitimacy and is not to be abandoned lightly. Enough people have died already.

"Mr Erdogan's surest hope of clinging on to power will come from unity and international support, not dictatorial arrogance. He will need all the friends he can get."

The Telegraph urges Mr Erdogan not to abandon democracy.

It says: "The thwarted putsch was roundly denounced by Western governments, who have urged all parties to support the elected government and for the constitutional processes to be observed.

"But democracy is a two-way street: Mr Erdogan must abide by the rules, too. The great danger now is that he will respond to the military's attempt to impose authoritarian rule on Turkey with yet more draconian measures of his own."

The Guardian believes democracy has been saved but human rights must now be defended.

"The failed coup in Turkey might have been worse news. It might have succeeded," it states.

"A military dictatorship is one of the worst forms of government known. But an elected dictatorship is not much less bad and the danger is now clear that Turkey is lurching towards such a state."


Hotter than Mumbai

Meanwhile, some brighter news closer to home with the prospect of a heatwave hitting Britain this week.

"Parts of Britain will have a mini heatwave this week with temperatures set to reach 34C - hotter than Mumbai," says the Times.

"After weeks of wet weather across most of the country, south-east England is set to enjoy the warmest days of the year so far.

"The cause is a plume of Mediterranean air making its way through the country. Some experts say that roads could melt."

The Telegraph says experts said hot air coming from the Sahara desert will cause temperatures to rocket and put vulnerable people at risk.

"The Met Office is expected to issue an official statement today warning older people of the dangers," it continues.

Image caption Get ready for a heatwave which is on its way to Britain

"Still waiting for summer?" asks the Mail. "It'll reach 34C tomorrow!"

"Grey skies, incessant rain and a distinct chill in the air have made this a rather disappointing summer," the paper says. "But at last it's time to slap on the sunscreen, dust off the barbecue and make a splash at the beach."

The Express says Britain is set to roast in a week-long heatwave as temperatures soar higher than in Turkey, Los Angeles, Hawaii and Greece.

The Sun says temperatures will rocket after weeks of dull summer weather and the Mirror says Britain will bask in the hottest temperatures of the year so far as summer makes a brief appearance.

The Star reports that the heatwave is predicted to cost the economy £1bn in sick days "as sun-loving Brits opt to catch some rays instead of working".