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Major political developments in Turkey have brought the country to a critical juncture.The situation has escalated into political warfare between the AK Party and the Hizmet movement – the followers of Fethullah Gulen and the strongest religious movement in Turkey. Erdogan claims a group within Hizmet has created a parallel state by using its recruits within state institutions, and that it took refuge in the Hizmet movement to further its political ambitions. All of this has resulted in a high level of political tension in Turkey.Reducing the situation to a political tussle between two political groups misses the significance of the crisis. The approaching presidential elections, which will mean considerable political change for Turkey (considering that Erdogan is serving his last term in parliament and has designs on the presidency), have further aggravated the situation. Ultimately, the crisis has broken out in the form of a struggle between AKP and Hizmet.As the recent election results proved, the AK Party has much of the political capacity needed to pursue a reformist agenda.
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