Turkish President Abdullah Gul, left, and his wife Hayrunnisa Gul welcome guests before a reception at the Cankaya presidential palace after ceremonies marking the 87th anniversary of the Turkish ... more 
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, left, and his wife Hayrunnisa Gul welcome guests before a reception at the Cankaya presidential palace after ceremonies marking the 87th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. On Turkey's anniversary celebrations, all eyes are on the head of the president's wife. In a gesture that strikes at the heart of a wrenching debate over secularism and piety, Hayrunnisa Gul wore an Islamic headscarf at a reception marking the founding of modern Turkey by Ataturk _ whose secular principles are revered by the nation's traditional establishment with almost religious fervor. Across town, at around the same time, the military _ which sees itself as the guardian of Ataturk's legacy _ held its own Republic Day fete in a scheduling conflict symbolic of the divide between the elected, Islamic-leaning government and opponents who fear secular ideals are in peril. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Burhan Ozbilici
Fri, Oct 29, 2010 4:04 PM EDT