The Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Suleyman Demirel, yesterday (Saturday: February 14) presented the resignation?
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Background: The Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Suleyman Demirel, yesterday (Saturday: February 14) presented the resignation of his government to President Sunay.
On Wednesday (February 11th) the government was defeated in the lower house of parliament on its budget bill for 1970. The defeat came about because 41 rebels in the ruling Justice Party voted with the opposition.
The move by the rebels was seen as a revolt against Mr. Demirel's leadership rather than dissatisfaction with the budget proposals.
Mr. Demirel rejected demands from the opposition to resign, but on Friday night (Feb. 13th) the executive committee of the Justice Party, called on the government to quit.
There has been a struggle for power in the party since the election last October. Mr. Demirel dropped several former ministers from his cabinet and more recently his expelled several prominent party members. This led to the resignation of several party officials including the deputy party leader.
The party's disciplinary Board has recommended the expulsion of the 41 rebels, but is giving them 10 days to produce written defence of their action.
Meanwhile, Mr. Demirel is to try to form a new cabinet.