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Destiny, Duty and Democracy: Turkey A Year After the Failed Coup

Vahide Sevkatlioglu was willing to die. So was Ilhami Cil. They are two of the roughly 2,500 people who now carry the formal title "Gazi," or veteran, in Turkey after flooding the streets on July 15, 2016 to stop those trying to topple their government. For them, it was a mixture of duty and destiny; a unifying night for a country with a history of military coups. This was the night they said "enough." Even critics of the government made it clear they were relieved to see the coup fail. But the tumultuous months since have created a Turkey where democracy's definition depends on who you ask.

Turkey Showed Secularism, Democracy, Islam Coexists: Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar

Image Turkey has showed to the entire world that secularism, democracy and Islam can coexist, said Sümeyye Erdogan Bayraktar, the daughter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as she attended the 15th annual MAS-ICNA convention, which gathers Muslim communities in the United States, as a guest speaker. “Turkey showed to the whole world that secularism, democracy and Islam can live side by side. We have become a source of inspiration for other Muslim nations that change and a better future can be maintained,” said Erdogan Bayraktar on Dec. 26 as she delivered a speech during a panel discussion on “Overcoming Challenges Facing the Ummah: The Turkish Experience.”
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