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Turkey's Parliament to debate schedule for new elections

Turkey's Parliament to debate schedule for new elections

Turkey's Parliament was expected to vote Thursday on a date for new general elections, which could reform the government of this European Union candidate country after a debate over the role of Islam in politics sparked a political crisis.
Parliament was widely expected to approve a call for quick elections, which have the support of both the ruling party and the opposition. Turkey's electoral board, which oversees elections, recommended July 22.
The crisis began when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan nominated a close ally and member of his Islamic-rooted party, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, for president. Gul looked sure to take advantage of Erdogan's immense majority in Parliament and coast to the office, but the secularist opposition boycotted the vote in Parliament and took the issue to the Constitutional Court, which annulled the first round of voting.
The pro-secular military also said it was willing to become involved, and Erdogan, under additional pressure from hundreds of thousands of pro-secular protesters in the streets, conceded and applied to Parliament for early general elections.
Turkey is 99-percent Muslim, but secularism is enshrined in the Constitution and fiercely protected by the military, which has recently warned against the growing profile of Islam and reaffirmed its willingness to act as the "absolute defender of secularism."


Updated : 2021-05-18 00:33 GMT+08:00