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In Turkey, Erdogan’s Election Rhetoric Draws Ire

As campaigning for next month’s parliamentary poll heats up, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pictured waving a Quran at an election rally and weeping during the reciting of an Islamic prayer, prompting opposition politicians to accuse him of breaking with the secular traditions of modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and enflaming religious passions. Religion has always played a part in modern Turkish politics, despite the determination of the republic’s founder to...

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