First returns in the Turkish General elections early on Monday morning (6 June) indicated that in major cities and remote Eastern Provinces at least, the Republican People's Party of the Opposition Leader, Mr Bulent Ecevit, had taken an early lead.
First returns in the Turkish General elections early on Monday morning (6 June) indicated that in major cities and remote Eastern Provinces at least, the Republican People's Party of the Opposition Leader, Mr Bulent Ecevit, had taken an early lead. Observers say the R.P.P. might yet ??? able to give Turkey its first one party Government in six years.
SYNOPSIS: The day before the election on Saturday (4 June) Mr Ecevit returned to ankara at the end of a highly successful election campaign throughout the country.
Mr Ecevit - a former Prime Minister of Turkey - had been gaining growing support in the election campaign against the efforts of the ruling Justice Party of the Prime Minister Mr Suleyman Demirel. It was not clear what Mr Ecevit's supporters were trying to say by slaughtering the sheep, but perhaps it was indicative of the blood-shed which has coloured the Turkish political scene over the past two years. About two hundred people have died and some four thousand have been injured in factional violence, in the absence of a clear majority rule.
Despite the hysteria surrounding Mr Ecevit's return, voting on Sunday was reported to be relatively calm with police saying after the polls had closed that day had been surprisingly quiet in the cities.
However, there were reports that in some of the outlying centres two people had been killed and 24 injured. It was still far removed from the violence which had dogged the campaigns of the political opponents.
In the last elections in 1973, Mr Ecevit's party broke the hold of Mr Demirel's Justice Party who had to form a coalition Government. The early returns suggested Mr Demireal's Party was holding off challenges from the smaller right-wing parties in his quarrelling coalition.