Turkey's new government met for the first time on Monday (22 September) a week after the country's military leaders ousted the civilian government in a coup.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Prime Minister Bulent Ulusu addressing cabinet. (6 SHOTS)
GV Cabinet following man carrying wreath at Ataturk's tomb. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Turkey's new government met for the first time on Monday (22 September) a week after the country's military leaders ousted the civilian government in a coup. The new cabinet, headed by Mr. Bulent Ulusu, promised that it would be a government of national unity.
SYNOPSIS: In a brief opening speech in the capital Ankara, Mr. Ulusu said the first job of the twenty seven man cabinet would be to clear up the centuries of terrorism in Turkey and put an end to political violence that has claimed more than five thousand lives in the past three years. Prime Minister Ulusu was selected by the coup leaders. He retired last August as head of Turkey's navy. Mr. Ulusu has chosen his cabinet mainly from bureaucrats, retired government and independent senators. He sought apolitical men not aligned with any particular faction.
After the meeting, which lasted barely an hour, the ministers visited the mausoleum of kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. The six military chiefs see themselves as guardians of the Ataturk heritage. Ataturk said the military should stay out of party politics, but that should be respected by the politicians as the ultimate guardians of social stability. After their first full week in power the coup leaders have achieved their immediate aims.
They have temporarily halted the political violence which threatened civil war and instated their own civilian government which aims to wrench Turkey out of its economic crisis.