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Turkey's Muslim party is now more democratic than its secularists

By Jonny Dymond   December 2002

When the Islamist Welfare party took power in Turkey in 1996, it looked like a turning point-the secular republic had, it seemed, fallen, and Islamism was on the march. But the army soon eased Welfare out of power in a bloodless coup. The next apparent turning point was the earthquake of 1999; not only was the old enmity with Greece set aside, but there was also unprecedented criticism of the military. Still, the army did not relinquish its grip on Turkish life.

Will the elections of 3rd November prove to be another illusory turning point? The election saw the Justice…

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