TURKEY: Suleyman the Troubled

For Turkish voters it was the sharpest choice ever between the old political style and the new. There was bulbous Premier Suleyman Demirel, 51, speaking to a partisan crowd of 70,000 in Istanbul's Taksim Square and denouncing opposition leaders as "dangerous coddlers of Communism and anarchy. To vote for such people is a sin, sin, sin." His supporters roared back the ancient Ottoman chant: "Suleyman the Magnificent!"

By contrast, ebullient, shirt-sleeved Biilent Ecevit, campaigning in the Anatolian city of Eskisehir, charged that Turkish foreign policy was "controlled by the U.S. Congress," and...

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