April 24, 2007 / 4:42 PM / 13 years ago

Turkish army repeats call for secular president

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s powerful military issued a veiled warning to the ruling AK Party on Tuesday, saying the next president should be a faithful follower of the country’s secular order.

“The next president should be tied to the Turkish republic’s main principles which were defined in the constitution — secularism, social state and democracy. He should reflect this in his actions,” deputy chief of the armed forces General Ergun Saygun told reporters when asked about the candidacy of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist.

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