A refreshing change

This is arguing from an almost less than zero point in terms of knowledge of Turkish politics, but, on the face of it, thousands rallying against a perceived move away from secularism by their government has got to be a promising sign for those of us who worry about the spread of religious fanaticism of any flavour.

The ruling party’s candidate is Islamic in its basis. Their candidate for the presidency is apparently seen by many as not being committed enough to secularism, despite his claims to support it. For instance, it is believed that his wife would be the first president’s wife to wear a headscarf whch is a significant issue in a country where Attaturk’s early 20th centrury reforms are still seen by many as the crucial underpinnings of Turkey’s modern democracy.

The military has expressed concern over the choice and the opposition are to challenge the choice in the courts.