There's speculation that Turkish right-wing opposition leader Suleyman Demirel is reluctant to form a new government.
There's speculation that Turkish right-wing opposition leader Suleyman Demirel is reluctant to form a new government. He declined to comment on whether he would accept the mandate if it were given to him by President Fahri Koruturk. Mr Demirel, leader of the Justice Party, is due to see the President on Friday (19 October) when he is expected to be asked to form a new administration. Mr Ecevit's left-of-centre government resigned on Tuesday (16 October) after its defeat in mid-term parliamentary elections last Sunday (14 October).
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Demirel's par??? does not have enough seats in Parliament to rule alone. He has been pressing for general elections early next year, 12 months ahead of schedule, in the hope that this party would win a majority.
Although Mr Ecevit's defeat was attributed largely to high inflation, observers felt his tough economic policies were about to bear fruit. Massive cash aid has been starting to flow in from the west. Western Economists had predicted that by early next year Turkey would be well on the way to economic recovery.
Two prominent Turkish papers -- Cumhuriyet and Milliyet .. reported last Wednesday (17 October) that the promised western cash aid to Turkey was now in jeopardy due to the prospect of a long term Government crisis. They said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) might postpone scheduled talks with Turkey next month and hold back the rest of the cash promised for this year and the next.