Turkey: General Rebuff

Millions vote for democracy

To the surprise of Turkey's military rulers, a careful experiment in guided democracy veered slightly out of control last week. In the nation's first elections since the armed forces took power in 1980, the wrong man won—at least in the eyes of the military. The victor and new Prime Minister was Turgut Ozal, 56, a portly, easygoing former engineer whose conservative Motherland Party romped home with 45% of the 18.3 million votes and 211 seats in the 400-member Grand National Assembly. Said Hasan Esat Isik, a former Minister of Defense: "The Turkish people have shown they...

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