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Tension in politics may lead to early polls in mid-2018

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Turkey marked the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016, coup attempt last week with the participation of masses across the country under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The parliament gathered on July 15 in a special session to commemorate the coup attempt and mark the role of the four political parties in defending democracy and the dignity of the parliament, which was under heavy bombardment on the night of the attempted takeover.

However, the week-long commemorations were far from highlighting the need of unity and solidarity and promoting compromise between different political parties for a peaceful and terror-free country.

Despite high expectations that political tension would be de-escalated following the anniversary of the coup attempt, leaders’ addresses to their parliamentary groups proved the opposite.

Continuing Erdoğan’s strong accusations against main........

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