President Gül attends military parade 'without wife' / PHOTO

Turkey has held a large military parade to mark the country's Victory Day, with Abdullah Gul, the new president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, as the guest of honour.

President Gül attends military parade 'without wife' / PHOTO

Turkey has held a large military parade to mark the country's Victory Day, with Abdullah Gul, the new president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, as the guest of honour.

The parade is the culmination of Victory Week in Turkey, commemorating the final victory in Turkey's 1922 war of independence.



Tim Friend, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Turkey, said Thursday's parade was marked by the absence of the president's wife.



Gul's wife became a figure in the run-up to recent elections for wearing a Muslim headscarf, which is banned from government and military grounds.



Friend said: "The fact she hasn't been invited by the military may signify the beginning of a working arrangement between Mr Gul, who obviously has strong Islamic roots and the military, who see themselves as the guardians of the secular state."



Senior generals had earlier boycotted the president's swearing in-ceremony, widely-seen as a sign of protest against their new commander-in-chief.



Friend said: "Turkish politics after the election of a new president, the announcement of a new cabinet, is slowly getting back to normal."



"But clearly, these tensions that we've seen will bubble away under the surface."



Al Jazeera, Agencies

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