TURKEY: Democratic Heresy

Until last week the political heirs of Turkey's late great Kemal Ataturk—Republicans and Democrats alike—have maintained a tacit agreement to stick by their leader's founding dictum: in modern Turkey "state and religion must be separate." Then dapper, driving Premier Adnan Menderes, trying to whip up popular support to offset rising big-city discontent with his extravagant inflationary policies (TIME, Oct. 24), took off on a speech-making swing through his Anatolian farm-country strongholds. At Konya, in the wheat-growing heart of what Istanbul calls the Koran belt, he blurted out the most direct pitch yet for the prayer-rug vote by a leader...

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