In Ankara on Saturday (4 December) Turkey's Prime Minister, Dr. Nihat Erim, called a meeting?
In Ankara on Saturday (4 December) Turkey's Prime Minister, Dr. Nihat Erim, called a meeting of his Cabinet at Government House to ask those ministers who had announced their resignation with him the night before, to continue in office for the time being. A spokesman for 13 ministers who had resigned on Friday (3 Dec) in protest at the bogging down of the Government's reform programme, said the group was also unhappy about the recent inclusion in the Cabinet of a new Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Mesut Erez, Finance Minister from a previous Demirel Government. When news of the 13 resignations reached Dr Erim he, too, decided to resign after discussing the oriels with President Sunay and the military Chief of Staff. Turkey is now engulfed in its third major political crisis of the year. Dr Erim, who has been in office for eight months, offered his resignation only five weeks ago when faced with a loss of parliamentary support from the majority Justice Party.
SYNOPSIS: Government House in Ankara, where Cabinet Ministers met for a special session on Saturday at the request of Prime Minister Nihat Erim. Seen arriving.....Minister of Justice Ismail Arar.
Mr Ferit Melen, Minister of Defence, and Interior Minister Hamdia Omeroglu were next to arrive. The night before, 13 ministers...almost half the Cabinet...had resigned in protest at the bogging down of the Government's reform programme, and inclusion of a new Deputy Prime Minister ...Mr Mesut Erez.
Dr Erim, after meeting with President Sunay and the Military Chief of Staff, decided to resign also. At this specially-called meeting of the Cabinet Dr Erim asked these members who had announced their resignations to remain in office for the time being. This is the third major political crisis in Turkey this year. Dr Erim, who has been Prime Minister for eight months, offered his resignation only five weeks ago when faced with a less of support from the majority Justice Party.