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Press urges early poll to resolve crisis
Turkish press

Turkish newspapers see early elections as the best way of resolving the current crisis over the choice of a new president.

The row has exposed deep divisions between Turkey's secular elite and religious-minded political parties.

Some commentators warn that the furore sparked by the issue risks harming Turkey's interests and national unity.

MUSTAFA UNAL IN ZAMAN

The road is clear: the remedy is the ballot box and an early election soon. After so much uproar, the best thing is to let the people have the last word.

ORHAN BIRGIT IN CUMHURIYET

The country was really at the juncture of a dangerous path and the Constitutional Court's decision is a red light at that juncture. It is now time for early elections.

HASAN CEMAL IN MILLIYET

The massive participation and great excitement in the [Ankara and Istanbul] demonstrations have signalled that in a democracy the secular republic can be protected through the power of civil society... From now on, the word is the people's. The remedy is the ballot box and democracy.

TUFAN TURENC IN HURRIYET

Had the AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party] done what it was recommended to do from the very beginning and reached a compromise with the opposition, all this tension would not have been experienced. Turkey will now, most probably, go for early elections.

IBRAHIM KARAGUL IN YENI SAFAK

If the polarization of people in the streets turns into a clash, it could trigger the process of Turkey's dissolution. Those who want Turkey's integrity are destroying Turkey's will to live together and they are, perhaps, doing so without being aware of it. They are preparing the ground for the division of the country.

MEHMET ALI BIRAND IN POSTA

Turkey's surroundings are full of traps but we are still fighting each other [and playing into the hands of our enemies]. They can see that sooner or later they will be able to tie the hands of the giant. However, we are blind to that. Without thinking about the consequences, we are rapidly being dragged into a clash and are doing ourselves harm.

MURAT YETKIN IN RADIKAL

Most people are aware that the Constitutional Court's decision yesterday to annul the first round of the presidential election in parliament did not remove the problems totally. It only removed the acute stress.

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