Founders of Fazilet Partisi were also active members of Milli Nizam Partisi, Milli Selamet Partisi and Refah Partisi. The Virtue Party was the first party in this tradition to have genuine intra-party democracy. In the party congress in 2000, the candidate of reformist faction Abdullah Gul gained considerable support to challenge the traditionalist candidate and the party leader Recai Kutan.
Turkey's high court keeps religion at arm's length: On Friday, the Turkish high court banned the Islamist-led Virtue Party for allegedly encouraging radical Islam.(World)
Jun 25, 2001; Byline: Chris Morris Special to The Christian Science Monitor ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- "Let nobody be deceived," Recai Kutan declared...