The United States and European Union warned Turkey's military on Wednesday to stay out of the country's political showdown between the government and secular circles.
Erdogan's party called for new elections Wednesday after the secular opposition last week boycotted a parliamentary vote on Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's candidacy and was backed by the Constitutional Court, which invalidated the ballot because a quorum was not present.The chief of Turkey's electoral board proposed July 22 as the date for early general elections, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined calls by the European Union warning the Turkish military, which considers itself the guardian of secular, modern Turkey and has overthrown governments in the past.
"The United States fully supports Turkish democracy and its constitutional processes, and that means that the election, the electoral system and the results of the electoral system and the results of the constitutional process have to be upheld," she said.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said Turkey must abide by the rule of law and civilian control over the military, warning that if the government in Ankara wanted to join the EU "it needs to respect these principles."
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