The Turkish Election

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 07/25/2007 12:00 am EDT

The best thing about the outcome of the Turkish election last Sunday is that now the army can't make a coup. It may still want to: it was certainly making menacing noises about it recently. But after almost half the voters (47 per cent) backed the incumbent AK (Justice and Development) party in the July 22 election, the army simply cannot move against it. A great many officers would just refuse to act against the popular will in such a blatant way, and the army would never risk a split in the officer corps.

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