TURKEY: Harmony Time for a Poet-Warrior

About the last thing that Turkey needed was another ineffectual coalition government. But that is what Turkey may get.

It had been an extraordinarily bloody two-month campaign in which 50 people died—36 of them in a May Day rally in Istanbul's principal square (TIME, May 16). In the end, 15.3 million voters went to the polls last week and chose another electoral standoff. The left-of-center Republican People's Party of urbane, hawk-nosed Bülent Ecevit, 52, which had been out of power since 1974, won 213 seats—13 short of a majority in the 450-member...

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