Turkey: Battling a Ghost

The shadow of a hanged man last week lay across the arid Anatolian plateau. It was that of Adnan Menderes, who was overthrown as Turkey's Premier in 1960, tried by the state, and sentenced to death. Menderes' peasant-based Democratic Party was banned, and the triumphant Republicans of wizened old Ismet Inönü took over. But Menderes' popularity, it seems, has only ripened with time. Barely a fortnight before the nation's general elections, his unofficial successor, Suleyman Demirel, 41, stands a chance of winning the lion's share.

Not for lack of opposition, to be...

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