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    After 15 ballots within 25 days the Turkish parliament has chosen a new president.

    He's former?

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    After 15 ballots within 25 days the Turkish parliament has chosen a new president.

    He's former navy chief Fahri Koruturk who was elected as a compromise candidate by the three main political parties.

    The 70-year-old retired Admiral's election appears to have the approval of military leaders whose plans were jolted when parliament refused to endorse their candidate.

    Relations between the army and the politicians came close to breaking point and President Koruturk may have to cope with growing military impatience at Parliament failure to carry out wide ranging reforms they demanded in 1971.

    SYNOPSIS: In Ankara the Turkish Parliament meets to try to and a month-long crisis over the choice of a new Head of State. So far there have been 14 ballots and all have ended in deadlock.

    Now the politicians have voted in the 15th ballot but this time there was a new candidate. He's a 70-year-old retired Admiral who was flown to the Turkish capital when the three main political parties agreed on his name after lengthy talks. The deadlock has brought politicians and the military into conflict because Parliament has steadfastly refused to elect the military candidate. The admiral was clearly a compromise choice.

    The final ballot is over and a Guard of honour is mounted to welcome Admiral Fahri Koruturk who has been elected President of Turkey by a healthy majority. As the former Chief of Turkey's Navy, his election is expected to have the approval of military leaders who play an important role in Turkey's politics. Four of Turkey's presidents have been ex-Generals.

    The new President's surname means "Protect the Turks" and was bestowed on him personally by Kemal Ataturk, Founder of the Republic. He's been a diplomat, politician, naval officer and his country's top military spy.

    When he took the Presidential Oath Admiral Koruturk said he was sure he could count on the support of all state institutions...and he received what were clearly genuine congratulations from politicians and military men.

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