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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkey Coalition Rift

ANKARA, Turkey (x) -- Turkey's military-dominated National Security Council held talks on Monday in the shadow of a coalition rift caused by army demands for curbs on Islamist revivalism.


A call by the council a month ago to keep Islam out of public life has exposed cracks in Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan's Islamist-led government.


The council's full agenda for Monday's meeting was not made public, but Erbakan on Sunday denied media reports that an army attempt to restrict religious education would be discussed.


The military wants to see a cut in the number of "Imam Hatip" Islamic secondary schools, enforcement of a ban on Islamic dress and an assault on pro-Islamist media and business as part of a planned return to Turkey's rigid secularism of the 1920s.