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Turkish Army Threatens Political Intervention on Islamism Fears

The Turkish government is warning the country’s military to keep out of politics after the army said it would not hesitate to intervene if this month’s presidential election leads to the Islamization of the country. While Turkey’s population is almost 100 percent Muslim, the state is officially secular. Abdullah Gul, the candidate of the moderately Islamic ruling party, did not garner enough votes to win in the first round of voting on Friday. The country’s parliament elects the president. The secular opposition boycotted the vote.