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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Hudson Institute

Author(s): Zeyno Baran

Funder(s): Hudson Institute

Funder(s): Hudson Institute

Topic: Politics (Political status)

Type: Report

Coverage: Turkey


On April 27, following the first round of the presidential elections, the Turkish General Staff (TGS) issued a strongly worded warning about the erosion of the secular nature of the republic. Many in the West—particularly in Europe—consider this statement by the military to be unacceptable interference in the political process. However, given the unique nature of Turkey's democracy, this statement may ironically end up preventing a much worse outcome.