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Turkish Official With Islamic Ties Wins Presidency

September 24, 2018
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Abdullah Gul’s victory breaks an 84-year grip on power by the secular establishment. (New York Times — 29 August, 2007)
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Abdullah Gul prevailed today in a parliamentary vote, breaking the secular establishment’s 84-year grip on political power. (New York Times — 29 August, 2007)
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ANKARA, Turkey — A devout Muslim with a background in political Islam won the Turkish presidency on Tuesday, in a major triumph for the Islamic-rooted government after months of confrontation with the secular establishment. (Washington Post — 29 August, 2007)
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Abdullah Gul, a religious man in the secular realm of Turkish politics, hopes to persuade the establishment that it has nothing to fear from his candidacy. (New York Times — 28 August, 2007)
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Turkey’s staunchly secular military said Monday that the strict line between Islam and the state was under attack by “centers of evil” — a strong warning ahead of the expected election of a president with a background in political Islam. (CNN — 28 August, 2007)
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CAIRO, Aug. 28 — Beaming as the votes were counted, a veteran government figure with roots in political Islam won a parliamentary vote to become Turkey’s president Tuesday, in defiance of the country’s strongly secular military. Abdullah Gul’s triumph presented Turkey’s generals with a choice:… (Washington Post — 29 August, 2007)
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Turkish MPs are expected to elect a controversial former Islamist, Abdullah Gul, as president of the republic. (BBC News — 28 August, 2007)
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Turkey’s army chief warns that the nation’s secular system is being threatened by “centres of evil”. (BBC News — 28 August, 2007)
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