TURKEY: Democracy with Rules

Turkish Prime Minister Nihat Erim was not terribly surprised last week when a message from President Cevdet Sunay was rushed to him at Ankara airport. Erim had just said goodbye to Soviet President Nikolai V. Podgorny, who flew home after a week of inconclusive negotiations over a proposed Soviet-Turkish friendship treaty. Ceremonies completed, Erim tore open the envelope to learn that he was being relieved as Prime Minister because of his "extreme fatigue."

Actually, Erim had been trying to resign for more than a week; he had agreed to remain on the...

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