After a century of modernization oriented toward the beacon that is Western democracy, the secular Turkish republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk may be crushed by the first politician to presume his place.

Time magazine

In this sentence, presume his place means someone who think himself or herself is eligible for that place takes that place? Is that correct? I'm so curious..

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I think it may be a translation failure.

According with Cambridge Dictionary


to believe something to be true because it is very likely, although you are not certain


  1. to accept something to be true without question or proof
  2. to take or begin to have responsibility or control, sometimes without the right to do so, or to begin to have a characteristic

Notice that presume and assume are synonyms in the first acception but NOT in the second.

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