http://www.comcast.net/news/international/europe/index.jsp?cat=EUROPE&fn=/2007/04/24/644927.html The way I see it is that in recent times Islamic elements in Turkey have never been allowed to gain sway by holding both the Prime Ministerial and Presidential roles. If necessary, the military have stood in to ensure that Turkey does not become an Islamic state and ensured balance by nominating someone to provide balance. The current President, secular Sezer (I believe is ex Turkish General Staff), has kept the Islamists in check throughout his tenure. Prime Minister Erdogan, an islamist, is supporting his friend Gul, another Islamist (whose wife wears the veil) for President. As a double act there would be a large sway to Islamic ideals in Turkey. As the traditional guardians of Ataturk's secular principles the Army is unlikely to let this happen. If Gul looks like he is going to be successful - watch and learn the demonstration of military engagement in politics!!