Turkey: Update on Crisis of Identity and Power.

4 10 2008

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RL34646. Source: Congressional Research Service.

This report notes that secularism has been one of the “fundamental and unchanging principles” guiding the Turkish Republic since its founding in 1923. It also has been the principle that has produced considerable domestic political tension. Over the years, political parties have emerged that appeared to challenge that principle and to strive to restore religion to a central place in the state. Each time, the party has eventually been banned from the political stage. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), formed in 2001, has Islamist roots and claims to be conservative and democratic.

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