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Cumhuriyet - Turkey | 19/06/2014

Turkish opposition betrays secular ideals

The selection by the two major Turkish opposition parties CHP and MHP of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu as their joint presidential candidate has annoyed some members of the Kemalist CHP. İhsanoğlu does not represent the party's values, columnist Ali Sirmen concurs in the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet: "They have chosen İhsanoğlu, the former chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, to run against the Islamist dictator Tayyip Erdoğan. His personality does not encompass a secular and democratic alternative. ... I don't mean to support the silly argument that a religious person can't be secular. ... But let's be honest: who can seriously claim that İhsanoğlu's main feature is that he is a supporter of secularism?"

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