history XXIV


24th July, 1908 : The success of the Young Turks revolutionary movement in spreading disaffection throughout the army has forced Sultan Abdul Hamid II to restore Turkey’s constitution. Telegrams have been sent to all districts ordering the authorities to hold elections for parliamentary representatives. The constitution of 1879 which provides for a responsible Cabinet and Senate and guarantees the freedom of religion, education and the press, is thus restored. The previous attempt to make the constitution work failed dismally. The meeting of the Senate were described as ‘pure comedy’ and it soon ceased to sit.

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