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Turkey: Constitutional Courts to Rule on Secularism and Ruling Party

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Bomb attacks in Istanbul killed 17 people yesterday.First a concussion grenade exploded in a phone booth, gathering a crowd of people…then another, more powerful plastic explosive device was detoned in a garbage can.

Five of the 17 killed were children. More than 150 people were wounded in the twin bombings. The attack came just hour before the start of a crucial trial where Turkey 's Constitutional Court will meet to consider if the governing AK Party should be banned for alleged anti-secular activities .

The Party won a huge poll victory last year and the installed president Abdullah Gul in what secularists saw as a threat to Turkey 's secular democracy.

Vincent Boland is an Istanbul-based journalist for the Financial Times, he wrote the Financial Times article Turkish Political Islam Fights for Survival in Court.

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