Turkey’s Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said he would run in the second round of voting in the country’s presidential election slated for Wednesday. Some 550 parliamentarians have the right to vote, but the secular opposition boycotted Friday’s ballot. The secularists fear Gul’s likely victory will lead to the Islamization of the country. Gul’s ruling Justice and Development Party is perceived as being a moderate Muslim force. Around a million protesters gathered in Istanbul on Sunday to call for the country to retain its secular nature.
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