TURKEY: Getting Tough

Martial law and austerity

In textbook military style, the generals now ruling Turkey consolidated their hold over the country last week with the formation of a strongly right-of-center cabinet, a set of harsh new martial law decrees, and draconian economic measures.

Within 24 hours of his own appointment by the junta, the new Prime Minister, Bülent Ulusu, 57, a retired admiral, presented a "nonpolitical," 27-member cabinet that gave the seven key ministries to retired army officers. However, Economist Turgut Ozal, author of an austerity program that deposed Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel had pushed through parliament earlier this year, was named Deputy...

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