The Turkish election campaign is heating up for the country's Senate elections on 12 October.?
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SYNOPSIS: Turkey's warring political factions are heading for Senate elections this month no chances in campaigning to win support for his party. Newsman Fred Briggs reports.
"Turkish Premier Suleyam Demirel is campaigning in the cities and the country as he if were running for re-election. And in sense he is. If Demirel Justice Party loses any seats in the Chamber of Deputies the Opposition could force a new election toppling the Premier. So he is running hard, even in the remote rural areas where, in his honour, farmers kill sheep right in front of him.
"Unemployment is high and getting higher. Each day the somewhat shock-worm Orient express brings in Turkish workers who have lost their jobs in Northern Europe. There are thousand of them coming home now and no jobs to come home to."
"The rate of inflation in Turkey has been about 25 percent for the two years in a row. Exports are declining and then there is all that money Turkey spends to maintain its presence in Cyprus. Voters increasingly tend to blame this on Premier Demirel and his party.
The Opposition leader Bulent Ecevit does not mind this at all. Ecevit was Premier when Turkey invaded Cyprus last year believing that new elections would make his party even stronger. It did not. So he looks to this election now he is gone so far as to accuse Premier Demirel of consorting with fascists, madmen murders to stay in office.
Ecevit is, at least during this campaign, no friend of the United States. He finds it suspicious that the US Congress took up the Turkish military aid issue so close to the Turkish elections.
Premier Demirel's party is considered a slight underdog in this election. But what support Demirel has is almost fanatical. He cannot afford to loose it. He recently addressed an outdoor rally in Turkey during a downpour. The crowd was getting wet, so he got wet. And that sort of thing scores points in this country.
The Congressional vote to restore military aid to Turkey will make some points too for demirel. His limited seizure of US bases was a popular gesture and the restoration of aid will undoubtable make it appear as a gesture that paid off. But the Turkish economy is still Demirel's number one problem. And his survival may depend on how much that problem is blamed on him. Fred Briggs, NBC News, Istanbul".
This film is serviced with English commentary by NBC Reporter Fred Brings.
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Background: The Turkish election campaign is heating up for the country's Senate elections on 12 October. Turkey's warring political factions are leaving the campaign trails littered with accusations of dishonesty, madness and corruption on high place.
The elections are regarded as the first popular test of Premier Sulayman Demirel's fragile, six-month-old coalition. But while feverish campaigning continues, there seems little prospect that Mr. Demirel can risk any conciliatory foreign policy initiative to break the intertwining deadlocks of the Cyprus problem and the US arms embargo on Turkey.
The elections are held every five years. Former Premier Bulent Ecevit, now Opposition leader, still has the prestige of ordering the Turkish invasion of Cyprus 14 month ago. He is appealing to voters to treat the senate elections as no less important than the general elections.
The Opposition's main platform is that the Government, which scrapped into power with only a four-seat majority in the Lower House last April, is too weak to do anything for Turkey at home or abroad.
The Government has retorted by saying it is putting the Turkish economy back on its feet.
The run up to polling has been characterised less by well-defined issue than by accusations by both Mr. Demirel and mr. Ecevit who have publicly called each other liars and madmen.
At present Mr. Demirel's Conservative Justice Party, Turkey's champion of free enterprise, has only a slim majority. if it loses any seats in the Chamber of deputies, the Opposition could force a new election and topple the premier.