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Last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan intensified his government's response to the corruption investigations that have been roiling the country since December, restructuring the leadership of the judiciary and police.When Turkey became a democracy in 1950, the previous system's secular Kemalist elites attempted to harness the power of the military and bureaucracy to control the elected government.Gulenists – who claimed to support liberal democracy and the tolerant, modern form of Islam embraced by the AK Party – seemed natural allies of Erdogan's government.What the government did not imagine was that a new vision of bureaucratic tutelage over the civilian government would emerge.As in any democracy, public criticism of Turkey's government policies is normal and healthy. But attempts by Gulenists in the judiciary and the police to blackmail, threaten and illegally bargain with the government are unacceptable.
Turkey’s gradual revolution and reform
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