Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

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May 2: In a 9-2 ruling, Turkey's highest court upheld the exclusion of 'Abdullah GUI - a close affiliate of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - from running in the upcoming presidential race. The court cited GUI's previous work with Islamic groups to justify the decision. His supporters denounced the court decision as political and blasted the larger judicial system for protecting the secular establishment, which had been dominant in Turkey since 1923. [NYT, 5/2]

May 23: Six were killed and 70 more were injured as an explosion ripped through a marketplace in Ankara. Visiting Pakistani military officials were among the casualties, though police were unable to determine whether the foreign nationals were the prime targets of the bomb that rocked the historic Ulus neighborhood. Turkish military commanders privately speculated that Kurdish militants in southern Turkey and northern Iraq were responsible for the blast. [NYT, 5/23]

Jun. 6: Amid a buildup of troops on its Iraqi border, Turkey denied reports that 50,000 Turkish troops had crossed into northern Iraq in recent days. A Turkish military official told Reuters news agency that Turkey had executed a "limited operation" to pursue Kurdish militants stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan. Rumors had circulated that Ankara would launch a military offensive into Kurdistan to deny the Kurdistan Workers Party safe haven in coordinating further bombings against Turkey. [Al-Jazeera, 6/6]

Jul. 6: Overriding the veto of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, the Constitutional Court unexpectedly upheld a slate of constitutional reforms that included the popular election of Turkey's president. The decision cleared the way for a nationwide referendum in October 2007 that would determine whether the new changes become the law of the land. …

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