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Tens Of Thousands Rally In Turkey

(RFE/RL) April 14, 2007 -- At least 200,000 supporters of Turkey's secular system of government rallied in the capital Ankara today to protest against a possible bid for the presidency by the prime minister, a former Islamist.

Secularists fear that Recep Tayyip Erdogan could try to undermine Turkey's strict separation of state and religion if he wins next month's vote.

The rally comes a day after President Ahmet Necdet Sezer warned that the country's secular establishment faced its greatest threat to date.

Sezer is due to step down in mid-May. Parliament will then elect the country's new president. Parliament is dominated by lawmakers from Erdogan's party.

(compiled from agency reports)