Turkey's President, General Kenan Evren, has warned that the promised general election, which would restore democracy after two years of martial law, might be postponed "if necessary".
SCU PULL BACK TO GV PAN President Evren addressing crowd
GV & SV Grand Turkey Party headquarters and party worker removing documents (2 shots)
SVs Party leader Ali Fethi Esener leaving building and into car (2 shots)
GVs & SV Party sign and flags taken down from headquarters (4 shots)
GV & SV EXTERIOR Nationalist Democracy Party headquarters (2 shots)
SVs PAN & CU New member being signed up (4 shots)
SV Distribution of party manifesto
CU & SV Member photocopying newspaper articles on party (3 shots)
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Background: Turkey's President, General Kenan Evren, has warned that the promised general election, which would restore democracy after two years of martial law, might be postponed "if necessary". The military leader was speaking to a cheering crowd in the central city of Corum the day after his generals abolished one of the country's five new political parties. The move and President Evren's warning have dampened the excitement caused earlier this month when he lifted the ban on political parties in preparation for November election. The ban on parties was imposed at the time of the coup. On May 31 the military government ordered the detention of sixteen politicians and the dissolution of the Grand Turkey Party, (GTP). One of those detained was Sulleyman Demirel, Prime Minister before the coup. Although Demirel was not a GTP member, the party leader, retired General Ali Fethi Esener, was known to be backed by former members and supporters of Demirel's Justice party. The sixteen detainees, nine of them Justice Party activists, will not be released until after the now-doubtful elections. They are being held under a new military decree which extends political bans, already placed on more than seven hundred people. It forbids pre-coup leaders to set-up or join new parties. When President Evren announced in mid-May that elections would be held he barred parties organising along communist, fascist, religious, ethnic or separatist lines. They were also forbidden to criticise the military coup, the new regime, or Evren himself. The first party to be formed, on May 15, was the Nationalist Democracy Party whose leader, General Turgut Sunalp, is a close personal friend of President Evren. It is described as centre-right and is seen as the sort of party the military would like to have in power.