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Turkey at Post-Kemalist Crossroads

Turkey is going through a post-Kemalist transition with problems and habits of the former region still prevailing.
A worker fixes a giant portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at the top of the Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul's Taksim Square June 28, 2013.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX114YL
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Turkey at the moment is a country going through a peculiar transition. We are moving from the former regime, the Kemalist military tutelage, to a new regime — but what kind of a regime will that be? That is the question in everybody’s mind now.

Will it be a liberal democratic regime that we all crave for with respect for human rights, democracy and established market institutions or will it be a new tutelage regime where only the acts of the former regime have been modified and non-democratic bureaucratic forces still prevail and where free and just elections are held only for show?

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