June 18, 1991 |
Mesut Yilmaz, a former foreign minister, was appointed prime minister of Turkey two days after winning control of the ruling Motherland Party from outgoing Prime Minister Yildirim Akbulut. He was offered the post after ousting Akbulut in a party congress. Akbulut, handpicked by President Turgut Ozal when Parliament chose Ozal as president in November, 1990, resigned Sunday.
April 25, 1998 |
A plan by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to quit later this year to allow early elections plunged the nation back into political turmoil, just as the government was making headway against economic troubles. Senior figures in the coalition slammed an accord Yilmaz reached with an opposition power broker to dissolve the government later this year and set up an interim administration.
May 26, 1996 |
With his coalition government in tatters, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz ignored demands Saturday for his resignation. But Yilmaz only slowed down a chain of events that appears headed for another round of political bargaining to try to piece together a new government. "Turkey never saw such dirty political games," said Imren Aykut, a Cabinet minister and deputy chairwoman of Yilmaz's Motherland Party. A government collapse would probably give the Islamic Welfare Party another shot at power.
November 26, 1998 |
The government of conservative Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz collapsed Wednesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, plunging the country into a fresh period of political uncertainty. Yilmaz's minority coalition with leftist leader Bulent Ecevit fell after lawmakers voted 314-214 against it. Shortly after the vote, Yilmaz submitted his formal resignation to President Suleyman Demirel. Yilmaz will remain in office as caretaker premier until a new government is formed.
September 6, 1988 |
Greek Foreign Minister Karolos Papoulias arrived in Turkey on Monday for a second round of talks with his Turkish counterpart, Mesut Yilmaz. The talks are intended to further improve ties between the once-feuding neighbors.
July 1, 1997 |
A conservative secularist took over as prime minister at the head of an uneasy alliance seeking to keep Islamists out of power after months of political chaos. Mesut Yilmaz said his left-right coalition will end intense arguments about the role of Islam in public life and possible intervention by the secularist military. But Yilmaz still must win a confidence vote.