June 6, 1995 |
A surprisingly strong victory in municipal by-elections has buoyed embattled Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, giving her a fresh mandate to tackle reforms and to pursue a free-trade pact with Europe, diplomats and commentators said Monday. Ciller's center-right True Path Party won 22 of 36 mayoral posts and polled 39% of the overall vote on Sunday, a performance unmatched by any party in a Turkish election for more than a decade.
September 4, 2001 |
"You cannot be secular and Muslim at the same time. With Allah's blessings, our rebellion will begin." Those words, uttered six years ago at a party rally here by the man who has emerged as Turkey's most popular politician, have come back to haunt him as the influential armed forces intensify a campaign to stamp out political Islam. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the charismatic former mayor of Istanbul, insists that time has tempered his views.
April 14, 1999 |
Days before national elections, baton-wielding police in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir broke up a preelection rally Tuesday by Turkey's only legal Kurdish party, witnesses and party officials said. Thousands of people who had gathered in the town's central square were dispersed by police, and 4,000 of them were detained at a sports center, witnesses said. Turkish television showed dozens of people being beaten by the police and several women being dragged by the hair into police vans.
December 22, 1995 |
It wasn't quite an endorsement from the man in the moon, but the pro-Islamic mayor of Istanbul was leaving no angle uncovered as he stirred up a crowd of female activists in the tangled campaign for Sunday's parliamentary elections in Turkey. "When the astronauts landed on the moon, they heard a strange sound. . . . Later, one of them learned it was the Muslim call to prayer.
December 25, 1995 |
An Islamic movement that wants to turn Muslim Turkey away from the West won weekend general elections by a slim margin, the state-run TRT-1 television station said, but its gains fell far short of what it needed to form a government alone. The election was considered a virtual referendum on whether Turkey should reaffirm its secular system or move toward religious rule. But while the Islamic Welfare Party seemed headed to be the biggest vote-getter, the results did not constitute a mandate.
October 10, 1987 |
This country was plunged into a political crisis Friday after a constitutional court ruling threatened to force the postponement of next month's general election. The court, whose findings are final, annulled an article of the election law which stipulates that candidates should be chosen by the executive boards of their parties rather than by party primary polls.
December 26, 1995 |
After an 85% voter turnout boosted the pro-Islamic Welfare Party and delivered one of this country's most complicated parliamentary equations ever, Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller resigned Monday to give President Suleyman Demirel a free hand to appoint a premier-designate who he feels can find a majority of 276 seats in the 550-seat assembly. "We are now in a race, a race to form a coalition," Welfare Party leader Necmettin Erbakan told reporters.
October 22, 1991 |
For this nation, it was the day of the white horse. It pranced larger than life above the headquarters of a jubilant political party here Monday and shimmered in rampant triumph from a hundred thousand lampposts across the country. For the Turks who shelter in its image, the white horse has a simple message: "The Future Belongs to Daddy," read one affirmation of hope and self-congratulation daubed on a whitewashed wall.