Turkey: Message to a Son

Turkey seemed calm but uneasy. Since the execution of ex-Premier Adnan Menderes, ex-Finance Minister Hasan Polatkan, and ex-Foreign Minister Fatin Rustu Zorlu, for "crimes against the Turkish constitution" (TIME, Sept. 22), the big question was whether Strongman Cemal Gursel would allow free elections to take place, as promised, next month. Cryptically last week, he warned of "provocative elements" that might prevent the election. Obviously disturbed by the executions, the entire Cabinet reportedly offered its resignation, then agreed to stay on at Gursel's insistence.

Meanwhile, details of Menderes' execution slowly became known, in...

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