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Turkey's Gul returns for encore

Turkey's former President Abdullah Gul emerged from "retirement" to attend the Halifax Security Forum in Canada.
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul leaves after a meeting with his Georgian counterpart in Tbilisi May 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3O3J5

Last year in Turkey, the most widespread speculation was about the political future of then-President Abdullah Gul. Some speculated on a Putin-Medvedev style of swapping titles with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while some wished to see him run against Erdogan. He was seen and believed to be the only person who could stop Erdogan’s march to absolute power and authoritarianism. The calculation was accurate. Gul was the only one.

But, those expectations did not materialize. Gul not only conveyed that he was either unwilling or incapable of challenging Erdogan despite their apparent differences on major issues, but he left the presidency in what was perceived as a humiliating manner.

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