Turkish President Fahri Koruturk asked former Premier Suleyman Demirel to form a new government on Monday (4 July).
Turkish President Fahri Koruturk asked former Premier Suleyman Demirel to form a new government on Monday (4 July). The President's request follows the resignation of Mr. Bulent Ecevit's two week-old minority Social Democratic Government.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Ecevit took over as Premier from Mr. Demirel after general elections on 21 June -- but he lost his first bid for a parliamentary vote of confidence on Sunday (3 July) by 229 votes to 217. Mr. Demirel is now expected to try and renew his right-wing coalition which took power in March 1975 -- when another Government formed by Mr. Ecevit had just collapsed.
Mr. Ecevit, whose Republican Peoples Party (RPP) is the biggest group in Parliament, will remain as caretaker Prime Minister until a new government can be formed. Mr. Demirel says it will take him at least ten days to compile a cabinet list. It's the fourth time since 1965 that Mr. Demirol has been named as Prime Minister.
Turkey's political uncertainty runs side by side with serious economic problems and rising violence between left and right. The right wing coalition partners are expected to comprise the Islamic National Salvation party (NSP), the Nationalist Movement Party and Mr. Demirel's Justice Party. But many Turkish business and professional leaders are apprehensive about the chances of a such a coalition. There have been widespread rumours that some of the publicly silent military chiefs are also in doubt.