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The two most influential Islamic groups in Turkey – namely the Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Gulen movement led by the Pennsylvania-based Fethullah Gulen – have been openly at war with each other for over a year. The Gulen movement, a former Islamic ally of the AKP, has tended to eschew partisan politics in favor of media and cultural influence within Turkey, yet it has become the target of Erdogan's "with us or against us" rhetoric and governance style. The leaked tapes published on social media and in Turkish newspapers also implicated Erdogan's son.Gulen also commands a global lobbying power unrivaled in Turkish politics – a Gulen umbrella assembly group headquartered in Washington, D.C. has over 200 branches across America.Additionally, following Erdogan's and the AKP's electoral wins in the 2014 presidential and local elections, the bribery charges were dropped altogether later in December.For now, in spite of Erdogan's confrontational personality and largely unchecked authority, limits enshrined in the current constitution will make it difficult for him to fully dominate the Turkish state.
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