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Words in the News
Monday 04 November 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Turkey elections
Elections in Turkey
Summary: The people of Turkey are trying to come to terms with a completely new political landscape following Sunday's parliamentary elections. The main questions revolve round what the Justice and Development, or AK Party, which has strong Islamic roots, will do with its landslide majority. This report from Nick Thorpe.
   
The News Listen  
  The first task of the Justice and Development Party is to reassure the wider Turkish society and the international community that it is what it says it is: a party of the democratic centre. In his first comments the party leader Tayyip Erdogan has stressed exactly that point and said his priority is Turkey's relations with the European Union. A crucial summit on EU enlargement will be held in Copenhagen in mid-December and the prize which has eluded previous Turkish governments is the setting of a date for membership negotiations to start.

Key figures in the new opposition have already said they support that goal. In domestic politics the big question is how the AK Party will satisfy its more than ten million voters without alarming the army and other organs of what are usually referred to in Turkey as the 'deep state'. The new interior minister can be expected to try to end political manipulation of the police and the justice minister to end the practice of endless prosecutions of suspected enemies of the state. Supporters of the party hope for a new era of pluralism and tolerance including a new tolerance of religion in Turkey.

Nick Thorpe, BBC News, Ankara

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  wider Turkish society
people in Turkey - including those who did not vote for the party

 
   
  party leader
the person in charge of the party

 
   
  stressed
if you stress a point you draw attention it because you think it is important

 
   
  eluded
if something that you want eludes you, you don't get it

 
   
  Key figures
the most important people

 
   
  domestic politics
concerning matters within a country rather than its relations with other countries

 
   
  organs
here, organisations which attempt to influence people

 
   
  manipulation
using politics to make the police behave in a way that some people want

 
   
  pluralism
pluralism is when a variety of different opinions or principles exist within the same society

 
   
  tolerance
tolerance is the quality of letting other people say and do what they like even when you do not agree with them

 
   
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