March 6, 2014

Erdogan's Endless Legitimacy Crisis

Kadri Gursel, Al Monitor

The Associated Press

Though Dec. 17, 2013, will go down in history as the day that a "grand corruption and bribery operation" targeting the government was launched, it was also the day that the conflict between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Gulen movement, a US-based faith organization, became an all-out war.

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TAGGED: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, AKP, Fethullah Gulen


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