Turkey's most right-wing group, the National Action Party (NAP), held an election rally on Sunday ( 7 October) in the north-eastern city of Erzurum.
Turkey's most right-wing group, the National Action Party (NAP), held an election rally on Sunday ( 7 October) in the north-eastern city of Erzurum. The party's sixty-eight-year old leader, Alpaslan Turkes, made one of this infrequent public appearances to address the gathering.
SYNOPSIS: Voters will turn out on October the 14th to elect a number of Senators and also cast their votes in five by-elections for the Lower House.
Mr. Turkes had led the NAP -- the country's fourth-largest party -- since 1960. From 1975 to 1977 it ruled Turkey as part of a so-called 'National Front' with the National Salvation Party (NSP) -- made up of fanatical Moslem traditionalists and the Justice Party.
Political observers have predicted that, if these elections shrink Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's already-minority strength in the lower house, his chances of holding power until the scheduled general elections of 1981 appear slim. Right-wing parties need gain only tow more seats for the quorum of two hundred and twenty-six to secure a no-confidence vote to topple Mr. Ecevit's government. The Justice party, rather than Mr. Turkes' NAP, is expected to win the seats to force the government out.