Turkey’s economic growth of 11.1 percent in the third quarter of 2017 was a jaw-dropping moment.

It is a growth rate that compares to the peak growth registered in the early 2000s by China, the world’s economic powerhouse. It propelled Turkey to the giddy heights of being the best-performing economy in the world during the third quarter of 2017.

The announcement of this astonishing level of growth in the country’s gross domestic product, a record for the last six years, was immediately pounced on by the government and its supporters to bolster their credentials.

The highest-ranking officials began citing it not just to show their success but to suggest that they had thwarted their opponents who were plotting their downfall through an “economic coup.”