Turkey's most right-wing group, the National Action Party (NAP), held an election rally on Sunday ( 7 October) in the north-eastern city of Erzurum.
TV Election car with loudhailers driving through crowded streets of Erzurum
TV National Action Party leader, Alpaslan Turkes (in dark suit) waves to crowed as he arrive (2 SHOTS)
GV Large crowd surround decorated bus as Turkes waves to supporters from bus roof
TV Crowd waving and chanting (2 SHOTS)
SV Turkes and party members wave from bus (2 SHOTS)
SV Turkes speaks to crowd (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Turkey's most right-wing group, the National Action Party (NAP), held an election rally on Sunday ( 7 October) in the north-eastern city of Erzurum. The party's sixty-eight-year old leader, Alpaslan Turkes, made one of this infrequent public appearances to address the gathering.
SYNOPSIS: Voters will turn out on October the 14th to elect a number of Senators and also cast their votes in five by-elections for the Lower House.
Mr. Turkes had led the NAP -- the country's fourth-largest party -- since 1960. From 1975 to 1977 it ruled Turkey as part of a so-called 'National Front' with the National Salvation Party (NSP) -- made up of fanatical Moslem traditionalists and the Justice Party.
Political observers have predicted that, if these elections shrink Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's already-minority strength in the lower house, his chances of holding power until the scheduled general elections of 1981 appear slim. Right-wing parties need gain only tow more seats for the quorum of two hundred and twenty-six to secure a no-confidence vote to topple Mr. Ecevit's government. The Justice party, rather than Mr. Turkes' NAP, is expected to win the seats to force the government out.