Turkey: Timorous Optimism

Seven months after a bloodless military coup overthrew the regime of Premier Adnan Menderes, Turkey appears at last on its way to a restoration of constitutional government. Portly General Cemal Gursel is back in charge after being laid low for a month by a slight paralysis; an appointed Constituent Assembly is gathering in Ankara this week to set up new elections in 1961.

All but unknown when he was brought out of retirement by army juniors to head their victorious junta. General Gursel, 66, is becoming Turkey's most popular figure. A simple and conservative sort, he has forbidden display of his...

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