General Kenan Evren, Turkey's Armed Forces Chief and leader of Friday's (12 September) military coup, said in Ankara on Tuesday (16 September) that a council of ministers would be formed within a week.
CU INTERIOR Turkish Armed Forces Chief, General Kenan Evren speaking in Turkish at news conference in Ankara, Turkey
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Interpreter speaking in English
CU General Evren continuing speech
GV Translator speaking in English
TRACKING SHOT Cars passing tanks lined up in street around Istanbul
GV ZOOM TO Tanks in streets of Istanbul with traffic around
GV PAN Tanks facing each other across street, manned with machine gunners, with traffic passing between tanks (2 shots)
GV Tanks in main square of Istanbul
GV Families with children walking in Istanbul park
INTERPRETER: "I have already been asked to give a specific date for the return to democracy. But I must make clear that we have not eliminated democracy -- what we have done is trying to restore a democracy which was not functioning, a democracy which was spoilt, to eliminate these conditions."
INTERPRETER: "If you were to examine our history, you would see that the Turkish Armed Forces have always acted in defence of democracy and have taken initiatives in this direction."
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Background: General Kenan Evren, Turkey's Armed Forces Chief and leader of Friday's (12 September) military coup, said in Ankara on Tuesday (16 September) that a council of ministers would be formed within a week. At his first news conference since the pre-dawn takeover, General Evren said a provisional constitution would be prepared shortly and a constituent assembly would be set up.
SYNOPSIS: General Evren was accompanied by the other five members of the National Security Council, which on Friday overthrew the government and parliament and deposed leading politicians. But, General Evren said, the Council did not abandon democracy.
Three times in 20 years the army has tried to restore stability to the country's growing economic and political crisis. General Evren has indicated that military rule in Turkey will again be only temporary.
The army initiative -- as General Evren calls it -- is described as army interference by opponents of the military takeover. The presence of the Turkish military is plain to see in Istanbul or elsewhere in the country. Tanks line the streets, troops mingle with the crowd.
The troops have Istanbul under control, and the military authorities have begun a purge of the political scene. Military sources claim Turkey's leaders of two extremist parties are to face trial, and hundreds of suspected terrorists have been rounded up since the coup.
Turkey's military council has not named the proposed cabinet, but deposed Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel's economic advisor. Turgut Ozal has effectively become interim Premier. Western diplomats have taken this as an indication that the general s will honour their economic ties to the EEC (European Economic Community) and the I.M.F. (International Monetary Fund). But the civilian population, already used to martial law conditions in 20 provinces, shows little apparent interest in the troops patrolling their streets.