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Winning over the Kurds

In the remote Turkish district of Varto, I watched as the ruling AK party attempted to expand its appeal to local Kurds

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Turkey’s election of 22nd July was meant to be about secularism, the creed that the republic’s founder, Kemal Atatürk, adopted in the 1920s, and which the ruling AK party (AKP) of Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been accused of subverting. It was to defend secularism that Turkey’s generals in May made known their displeasure at plans to raise the pious, affable Abdullah Gül to the presidency, and it was to resolve the stand-off that Erdogan sought a new mandate—a mandate that he has now said he will use to put Gül in…

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