Military commanders on Saturday (10 March) put further restrictions on the Turkish press before the Turkish Presidential election on Tuesday (13 March).
Military commanders on Saturday (10 March) put further restrictions on the Turkish press before the Turkish Presidential election on Tuesday (13 March). So far there is only one candidate - the ex-chief of the Armed Forces. He is General Faruk Gurler, aged 59, who retired prematurely as Chief of the Armed Forces on March 5, and was appointed to a vacant seat in the Senate so that he could contest the election.
General in three provinces, including the capital of Ankara, have published martial law edicts which forbid the publication of news which could hinder the peaceful conclusion of the election, offend the armed forces of apply pressure to Parliament.
Journalists say the measures mean a ban on speculation that politicians might put up a rival Presidential candidate against the Army-backed General Gurler. Leaders of Turkey's two largest political parties have hinted that they would prefer a civilian as head of state.
Ground Forces Commander Smith Sancar succeeded General Gurler as Chief of Turkey's armed forces.
SYNOPSIS: In Ankara on Friday the new Chief of the Turkish Armed Forces, Semih Sancar, on the left, met prime Minister Ferit Melen. The appointment was made because the previous Chief, General Faruk Gurler, retired prematurely last week so he could take part in the Presidential election. So far, he is the only candidate for Tuesday's election.
General Gurles was appointed to a vacant Senate seat by outgoing President Cevdet Sunay to make him eligible for the office. On Saturday military commanders placed further restrictions on the Turkish Press in three provinces including the capital, Ankara.
Journalists said that the measures meant a ban on speculation that politicians might put up a last minute rival candidate against the Army-backed general. Leaders of Turkey's two largest political parties have hinted that they would prefer a civilian President.