Turkey: Precarious Coalition

Five weeks after indecisive Turkish elections substituted shaky civilian rule for a military junta, the nation still had no functioning government. But after prodding by Junta Strongman Cemal Gursel, now President, squabbling politicians last week finally formed a Cabinet, result of a shotgun wedding between the two parties that most strenuously campaigned against each other and then received an almost equal share of the popular vote.

Wily ex-President Ismet Inonu, 77, became Premier, while ten other members of his Republican People's Party received Cabinet posts. To the Justice Party, political heirs of...

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