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    Turkish Ambassador to US: AKP moves forward and then back with its Islamic agenda

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    13 Ekim 2005 - 10:24Son Güncelleme : 13 Ekim 2005 - 10:24

    Turkey's outgoing Ambassador to Washington, DC, Ambassador Faruk Logoglu, in an interview with the Washington Post newspaper, has characterized the ruling AKP administration as "from time to time moving forward with an Islamic agenda, and then taking a step back in the end." Logoglu, who has said following his return to Turkey he will either join a think tank here or set up his own, related his perception of the AKP Party, saying "They are guaranteeing that democracy will not be squashed by religion."

    Logoglu also spoke about how despite the deep religious beliefs of some of the members of the AKP Party, there are steps towards moderation being taken. Touching on the turban question, and noting that Prime Minister Erdogan has sent his daughters to be educated in the US due to the ban on turbans in places of higher education in Turkey, Logoglu reminded his interviewer that 75% of Turkish women wear headscarves. The Ambassador said that the turban question was a difficult one, and one which had become a political symbol which divided the society. Said Logoglu, "We believe that a secular system is the best security for religious freedom."


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