INTRODUCTION: General Evren the head of Turkey's military government has said that Democratic elections will be held but that two former Prime Minister, Suleyman Demirel and Bulent Ecevit, will be barred from standing.
GV Crowd lining streets as General Kenan Evren with members of military junta arrives in car, out and waves to cheering crowd.
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CU PAN Veterans of independent war listening to General speaking.
SV General Evren speaking from balcony.
TV Crowd cheering.
GV General Evren's motorcade arriving at Alasehir to cheering crowds.
SV Riot police holding back cheering crowd.
LV & CU General Evren speaking to crowd.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: General Evren the head of Turkey's military government has said that Democratic elections will be held but that two former Prime Minister, Suleyman Demirel and Bulent Ecevit, will be barred from standing. General Evren was quoted in a magazine interview published on Sunday (29 March), and he reiterated the junta's commitment to elections while visiting his home town of Alasehir, on a tour of western Turkey, a day earlier. However, a new constitution must first be voted in.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first time the General accompanied by four junta members had paid an official visit to western Turkey. A jubilant crowd along flower-decked streets in Manisa gave them a warm welcome.
General Evren has repeatedly said his government was only temporary. It was there to end the years of political strife between left and right-wing factions.
He told the crowd in Manisa that peace and order had been largely restored in the country. But he called on the Turks to be on guard to prevent extremist groups from disrupting law and order.
He said that if the politicians had not been at each other's throats, the military would not have had to assume power.
The motorcade then drove east about 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the General's birthplace, Alasehir. The greeting was equally enthusiastic.
In his speech General Evren told the crowd the promised elections would not be forthcoming immediately. First, he said, a new constitution must be drafted and new electoral laws formulated. Then both would be put to a referendum.
The Constituent Assembly should begin work on the drafts by the end of October. The political violence which had been claiming more than 20 lives a day has been almost eradicated under strict martial law. General Evren said that human rights violations by the security forces were also being dealt with.