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La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, July 28, 2008

Terror in Istanbul

At least fifteen people died in bomb attacks in Istanbul yesterday. For the daily La Repubblica, however, the crisis in Turkey has yet to reach the critical point. "The bombs exploded on the eve of a session of the Supreme Court in Ankara at which a decision is to be taken on banning the conservative Islamic governing party the AKP, which is accused of Islamising the country. The security forces have not ruled out the possibility of the attack having been an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan." The newspaper pointed out that one of the charges against Erdoğan was the introduction of the [wearing of] veils at universities. This "has put wind into the sails of the opposition and the military, which ... have not got over the appointment of Erdoğan's deputy Abdullah Gül as state president last year. ... Eleven judges appointed by Gül's predecessor, the form magistrate Ahmet Necdet Sezer, a member of the secular wing, will decide whether 71 members of the governing party have to go. Seven votes in favour are sufficient to ban the AKP. Turkey knows that and [therefore] fears new terrorist attacks."

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