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Dinçer Demirkent writes: Comparisons between July 15 and the Turkish War of Independence, attempts to define it a “new war of independence” or brand it as a symbol of the new regime have all failed. President Erdoğan's efforts to establish political hegemony and found new institutions had already expired by the time of the attempted coup.
Turkish Council of State's decision about the Hagia Sophia is a peak of anti-legality. It is such a political decision that you cannot even fathom sticking any legality on it. As you would not be able to carry water in a bucket full of sand. Let me explain why.
Turkey’s Council of State, the highest administrative court in the country, has granted a stay of execution for the construction of a 2,600-kilometer highway seeking to connect plateaus of eight provinces in the Black Sea region. The top court said that the project would damage the “uniqueness” of the plateaus in question and lead to an irreversible ecological destruction.
Diyanet head Ali Erbaş has urged the opening of of an Islamic school in Hagia Sophia following its conversion into a mosque on July 10. "I think the decision is very meaningful. May it host a lot of worshippers. Praying in it is not enough, there should be a madrasah [Islamic school] in it," Erbaş said on July 11 in the Black Sea province of Rize.
Turkish gov’t ‘planning to open Hagia Sophia to prayers on July 15’ if Council of State gives green light
The ruling AKP is considering to open Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia museum to prayers on July 15, if the Council of State rules in its favor, Habertürk reported. The decision was reportedly taken after surveys showed the public's support in this regard.