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Turkish Revolt (Int'l Edition)

International -- Int'l Outlook: GLOBAL WRAPUP

Turkish Revolt (int'l edition)

Rebellious members of Turkey's parliament are threatening to disrupt early general elections scheduled for Apr. 18. The 80 rebels, who mostly belong to two center-right parties, are unhappy at not being renominated. With support from Turkey's pro-Islamist Fazilet Party, they have forced parliament to reconvene during the election runup. Their aim: to make parliament serve its full term--until December, 2000--and reopen corruption investigations of two former Prime Ministers, Mesut Yilmaz and Tansu Ciller. Calling the move a "civilian coup," Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit is trying to prevent discussion of either a bill postponing elections or a censure motion.

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