"Understanding state, society and religion in Turkey (II)
By Talip Küçükcan
Turkey has a unique experience in state formation, in formulating state-religion relations but there are some painful periods in its history regarding democratisation.
The military intervention on September 12, 1980, suspended Turkey’s fragile democracy and caused a breakdown in party politics by banning all political parties and sending their leaders to trial. The first election after the military coup in 1983 was a turning point in Turkish political history, and the election results and subsequent government policies under Turgut Özal’s premiership changed the course of Turkish political culture for decades to come. "
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