January 10, 1996 |
Pro-Islamic leader Necmettin Erbakan began trying to form a new Turkish government Tuesday, just as the terrorist slaying of a leading businessman reminded Turks that violence could be the price of growing political uncertainty. "We expect the prayers of our 65 million people . . . will work with the love of faith, night and day, to form a government," Erbakan said after President Suleyman Demirel gave him 45 days to find a coalition partner.
April 28, 2000 |
The Turkish parliament failed to elect a new president Thursday as disgruntled lawmakers defied party leaders who had endorsed the handpicked candidate of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 59, roundly beat 10 other hopefuls, garnering nearly four times as many votes as his closest rival, Nevzat Yalcintas of the Islamic opposition party Virtue.
April 20, 1999 |
In December 1978, Turkey's Kahramanmaras province exploded in street fighting between left-wing and right-wing extremists that set the stage for a 1980 military coup and haunted the country for years. Most of the violence was blamed on an ultranationalist paramilitary group, the Gray Wolves. Now, after decades on the fringes of Turkey's turbulent politics, the Gray Wolves have made a leap into the mainstream.
February 18, 1999 |
A day after bringing Abdullah Ocalan home to face trial, Turkey on Wednesday sought to turn the capture of the Kurdish warlord into a demoralizing rout of his cause, sending troops against his insurgents' strongholds in northern Iraq and airing a videotape of the macho orator looking ill, dispirited and barely able to speak.
June 11, 1998 |
Nearly everyone in Istanbul, one of the world's fastest-growing and most unruly cities, will tell you that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doing a better job of managing the chaos than they ever thought possible. Thanks to the 44-year-old mayor, they say, the city is cleaner and greener. Garbage is picked up regularly, trees are being planted, and hard coal has replaced the lignite that once fueled a choking smog. New dams and pipes channel more water to people's homes.
May 4, 1999 |
The incumbent leftist prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, was asked Monday to form a new government amid renewed tensions between the country's army-backed pro-secular establishment and its embattled Islamist minority. "We will seek to form a government which will work in harmony," said Ecevit, 73, after meeting with Turkish President Suleyman Demirel. Ecevit's Party of the Democratic Left placed first by a small margin in nationwide elections April 18.