The right-wing Turkish opposition leader Suleyman Demirel, has agreed to try to form a new government.
The right-wing Turkish opposition leader Suleyman Demirel, has agreed to try to form a new government. Mr. Demirel, whose Justice Party was the main victor in recent parliamentary bi-elections, accepted the request from Turkish President Fahri Koruturk. A political crisis was started by the election defeats off Mr. Ecevit's Social Democratic Party and he later resigned.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Necmettin Erbakan leader of the National Salvation Party, arrived at the presidential Palace on Tuesday (23 October) for the meeting with President Koruturk. Mr. Erkaban's party is one of the tow right-wing parties expected to support Mr. Demirel's attempt to form a government.
Mr. Alparslan Turkes, leader of the National Action party arrived at a news conference later and pledged his support for Mr. Demirel, with no conditions.
On Wednesday (24 October), Mr. Demirel himself spoke to newsmen. He said that with the support of these two parties, he felt he could put together a government with enough support in the Lower House to survive.
Former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's social Democratic Party was reported to be happy to make the transition easy for Mr. Demirel, in the expectation that he may lose popularity in dealing with the issues of political violence and the economy. Mr. Demirel has had nearly ten years experience as Prime Minister and is said to be an expert political tactician.