At least since Julius Caesar came back from Gaul and made himself emperor, generals who overthrow the government have followed the same script: They take power only to make the country safe for rule by the people. Then they usually find a way to maintain their influence, even if they allow elections.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in tighter spots: He was thrown in jail for alleged Islamism, saw his last political party closed down and survived a showdown with the once all-powerful Turkish military.
Trade group Wines of Turkey is showing off the country’s top reds and whites at a packed tasting at VinExpo fair in Bordeaux this week while heavy-handed regulations are making it harder than ever for them to sell at home.
Morocco’s main Islamist group, the Justice and Development Party, won the biggest bloc of seats, 26 percent, in parliamentary elections that will test King Mohammed VI’s commitment to shift some powers to an elected premier.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered his most conciliatory speech since anti- government demonstrations began two weeks ago, saying plans to develop an Istanbul park are on hold and the message from protesters has been received.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan set out a reform program that includes a loosening of the ban on Islamic headscarves and omits key measures that the country’s Kurdish minority has demanded.