CEFTUS briefing on tensions in Turkey’s ruling alliance

01 November 2018

Amid the focus on the Khashoggi controversy, the Turkish government’s ruling alliance is weakening

  • A recent court decision to overturn the removal of Turkey’s secular-nationalist oath from schools shows the limits of the government’s influence over the judiciary
  • The ruling Justice and Development Party has found itself at odds with its coalition partner the Nationalist Action Party over the issue, exposing wider tensions
  • The two parties will now contest the upcoming local elections separately, but mutual interests are sill likely see the partnership resume afterwards

On October 22 Turkey’s highest administrative court, the Council of the State, ruled to overturn the ban on the ‘student oath’. Before the ban, primary school children were obliged to recite the oath daily, pledging themselves to the principles of the Turkish Republic’s secular-nationalist founder Kemal Ataturk…

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