July the 22nd has been confirmed as the date for snap parliamentary elections in Turkey. The Prime Minister proposed going to the ballot boxes early after the country’s highest court ruled the first round of a presidential election was invalid.
There has been controversy over the Islamist-rooted government’s choice of candidate.
There were claims that Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul had a secret Islamist agenda for the secular nation, claims denied by the ruling party.
The army warned it could intervene, saying the strict secular constitution had to be defended.
“Up until now there has never been a president in Turkey whose wife’s head was covered,” said one woman. “But there’s a first for everything.”
“The president’s wife must not have her head covered. We’re not ruled by sharia law. We’re not a backward state,” said another resident.
Turkey’s consitutional court proposed the election date, which has been confirmed by parliament.