A demonstrator hold pictures of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen (R), in Istanbul December 30, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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The exiled Islamic cleric at the heart of a damaging feud with embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the government of rolling back on democratic reforms.Fethullah Gulen also warned in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday that possible retrials for hundreds of army officers accused of coup plots could deal a blow to efforts to end the military's tutelage over democratic institutions.Gulen has many supporters in the police and judiciary in Turkey as well as a variety of businesses, media outlets and a school network, although he says it does not have direct links with any political party.His interview was published as Erdogan was in Brussels in a bid to push Turkey's long march to membership of the European Union, facing criticism that government actions were putting democracy under threat.
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