TURKEY: Reluctant President

Celal Bayar did not want to be President of Turkey. He preferred to stay offstage as boss of the Democratic Party which overthrew the long-entrenched People's Party in Turkey's first honest elections two weeks ago. But this week when the new National Assembly met for the first time, its strong Democratic majority overruled 67-year-old Celal Bayar and elected him President. Bayar, an advocate of less government interference with business, chose as Premier Adnan Menderes, a wealthy landowner of Aydin.


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