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Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Dropping Secularism

The speaker of the Turkish parliament has spoken out in favor of a new constitution based on religious principles, in direct contrast to the secular basis on which modern Turkey was founded. Ismail Kahraman of the ruling AK party said in a speech late Monday that the text of a new constitution should not contain wording about secularism. He said as a majority Muslim nation, Turkey should not be "in a retreat from religion." The AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has...

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