Turkey's Prime Minister Dr Nihat Erim, who resigned with his government last week, was on Monday (6 December) making progress towards forming a new cabinet.
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Background: Turkey's Prime Minister Dr Nihat Erim, who resigned with his government last week, was on Monday (6 December) making progress towards forming a new cabinet.
Dr Erim, 59, has been trying to draw up a cabinet reflecting more precisely the strength of the major political parties. He has held Ministers' meetings at his Ankara residence.
The Turkish Premier resigned after 13 of the Ministers quit their posts protesting against the less of momentum in carrying through wide-ranging reforms demanded by the military. The Cabinet resignations primarily by technocrats brought into government to draught and enact the reforms- plunged Turkey into its third political crisis this year.
Ankara is still under a nightly curfew decreed following a jail break last week of five left-wing terrorists. Despite the crisis, the anniversary of Turkish women's Political Rights Day was publicly celebrated on Sunday.
SYNOPSIS: With Turkey plunged into its third political crisis this year, soldiers patrolled the streets of Ankara on Monday. A caretaker government controls the country after last week's mass ministerial resignations.
But at the house of Prime Minister Dr. Nihat Erim, efforts were being made to form a new cabinet based on a wider political spectrum. Dr Erim quit his post after 13 of his ministers resigned in protest against the government's failure to carry through wide-ranging reforms demanded by the military. Most of them were technocrats brought into government to draught and enact the reforms. Meanwhile the capital is still under a nightly curfew following the jail break last week of five left-wing terrorists.
Despite the current crisis, Republican party leader Ismet Inonu was free to attend a conference marking the granting of political rights to Turkish women 37 years ago.
Democratic Party leader Ferruh Bozheyli was also there.
But as Mr Inonu spoke, eleven of the country's 67 provinces were continuing their seven-month long period under martial law. The move is aimed at stamping out anti-government terrorism.