TURKEY: A Game of Musical Chairs

Demirel again replaces Ecevit, as the country founders

As the NATO member with a window overlooking the Soviet Union, Turkey is a vital component of Western defense. Thus it is of no small concern to Washington that the country continues to be plagued by endemic political instability, terrorist violence and serious economic problems. In no small measure, Turkey's fruitless search for stability can be traced to lurching shifts in leadership that involve the country's two top politicians, Bülent Ecevit, head of the Republican People's Party, and Suleyman Demirel, leader of the Justice Party. Last week, in a routine that has now...

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