President Fahri Koruturk of Turkey appointed a little known independent Senator, Mr. Sadi Irmak, as?
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Background: President Fahri Koruturk of Turkey appointed a little known independent Senator, Mr. Sadi Irmak, as Prime Minister-designate on Wednesday (13 November), in an attempt to end his country's eight week political crisis.
The President has given the 70-year old Senator the job of forming an interim coalition to prepare for new elections next year.
The appointment of Mr. Irmak had the apparent backing of Turkey's eight political parties, and Mr. Irmak was expected to discuss the composition of his cabinet with party leaders during the next few days. Mr. Irmak is a former university professor who has earned a reputation as a middle-of-the-road politician.
Turkey has been without a Government sines 18 September when the social Democrat Prime Minister, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, resigned because of a break in his shaky coalition with the Islamic National Salvation Party.
Both Mr. Ecevit and the leader of the Opposition, Mr. Suleyman Demirel, failed in their separate attempts to set up new administrations.
It is not known from which of the main parties Mr. Irmak will choose his cabinet. He is expected to ask some of Mr. Ecevit's ministers to remain to office to handle the Cyprus situation.
SYNOPSIS: A new Prime Minister-designate for Turkey was announced by the country's President on Wednesday. He is Mr. sadi Irmak, a seventy-year-old independent senator, who is a former University professor. His appointment may bring to an end Turkey's eight-week political crisis.
The choice of Mr. Irmak evidently had the support of the country's eight political parties. During the next few days, he will be having talks with them in an attempt to form an interim coalition administration to prepare for new elections next year. Turkey has been without a Government since mid-September when the Social Democrat Prime Minister, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, resigned because his coalition broke up.