Turkish Revolt

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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