April 7, 2000 |
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said his three-way coalition was unshaken by a severe defeat in parliament and would continue working for economic reforms. The left-of-center premier had put his reputation on the line to secure a constitutional amendment that would have given President Suleyman Demirel a chance at a second term. "Despite the failure to realize changes to the constitution, we give great importance to economic and political stability," Ecevit said in a statement.
December 21, 1998 |
Prime Minister-designate Bulent Ecevit warned political rivals that his failure to form a government probably will return the Islamist opposition to power. He predicted that the collapse of his talks with bickering parliamentary rivals over forming a coalition government could bring back the Islamists, who were forced out of power 18 months ago by the powerful military.
December 3, 1998 |
A week after Turkey's government collapsed, the president asked a center-left political veteran to form a new administration. Ex-Premier Bulent Ecevit, 73, who leads the fourth-largest party in parliament, would head Turkey's fifth government since 1995, which will face the prospect of being dissolved after parliamentary elections in less than five months.
April 26, 2000 |
A top judge who is an outspoken advocate of democratic reforms stands to become Turkey's next president after party leaders in parliament unanimously backed his candidacy Tuesday. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit won the unprecedented all-party support for Ahmet Necdet Sezer to succeed President Suleyman Demirel when Demirel steps down in May.
January 12, 1999 |
Ending the nation's nearly seven-week quest for a new government, Turkish President Suleyman Demirel on Monday approved a Cabinet led by veteran leftist politician Bulent Ecevit, who became prime minister for the fourth time in more than 20 years. Ecevit, 73, was assured of winning a parliamentary vote of confidence Sunday after his predecessor, Mesut Yilmaz, and a conservative leader, Tansu Ciller, pledged their parties' support.
July 17, 2002 |
As a top U.S. defense official held talks here on a possible military strike against Iraq, such planning was complicated Tuesday when the political parties in the rapidly unraveling government of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit agreed to hold early elections. The ailing Ecevit had fiercely resisted calls to move parliamentary elections up from 2004 to November, but his hand was forced when further defections from his party reduced the government to controlling half the seats in parliament.