CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1996
Despite the 30 years he has spent in public life, Necmettin Erbakan has proven to be less than a polished politician since he became Turkey's prime minister a little more than three months ago. The head of an Islamist party in a largely secular land, Erbakan has determinedly set out to improve Turkey's relations with some of its most controversial Muslim neighbors.
September 25, 1998 |
As more than 10,000 supporters wildly cheered him on, Turkey's most popular Islamist politician vowed to fight for his career Thursday, a day after an appeals court upheld a 10-month jail sentence against him for inciting religious hatred. Istanbul Mayor Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appearing outside Istanbul City Hall, said his conviction was an attempt to weaken Turkey's resurgent Islamist movement in the run-up to parliamentary elections in April.
March 23, 1999 |
The beleaguered Islamist movement in Turkey came under further pressure Monday as this capital's chief prosecutor, Nuh Mete Yuksel, sought the closure of the pro-Islamic Virtue Party, saying it is seeking to overturn the country's secular constitution and to introduce Islamic rule. The move to ban Virtue is in line with a sustained military-led campaign to crush political Islam, which remains the nation's most vibrant and popular movement.
June 19, 1997 |
Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan resigned Wednesday, capitulating to military leaders who had accused his Islamist-led government of pushing Turkey toward fundamentalism and who had threatened to oust him by force. But the outcome of the military's struggle against political Islam in this NATO-member nation was far from clear, as Erbakan clung to hope of keeping his 11-month-old coalition government in power under the leadership of a secularist ally.
January 17, 1998 |
Turkey's highest court dissolved the Islamic-oriented Welfare Party on Friday and banned six of its leaders from politics, accusing them of undermining the country's long tradition of secular rule during a stormy year in government. The decision was a new triumph for the army-led secularist elite that forced Necmettin Erbakan, the Welfare Party leader, to resign as prime minister in June.
July 6, 2000 |
The highest appeals court in Turkey upheld on Wednesday a one-year prison sentence imposed on former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, founder of the nation's Islamist political party, for "provoking racial hatred" in a speech six years ago. The ruling was a setback for Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, an adversary of political Islam who nonetheless wants to overcome Western criticism of Turkey's human rights record and speed the nation's path toward European Union membership.