Opposition leader Bulent Ecevit appears to have shared the spoils of Sunday's (12 October) partial Senate elections with Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel.
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Background: Opposition leader Bulent Ecevit appears to have shared the spoils of Sunday's (12 October) partial Senate elections with Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel.
Mr. Ecevit reinforced his position as leader of Turkey's biggest party by winning 25 of the 54 contested Senate seats...a gain of 17. He also won two of six National Assembly seats contested.
Mr. Ecevit is now almost certain to brandish his sweeping gains as evidence that Sunday's vote amounted to a public expression of no-confidence in the Government.
In a statement early on Monday (13 October), he said his own party would win the largest number of votes and might reach an absolute majority in the polling.
Nevertheless, the outcome is unlikely to alter the parliamentary power balance in which the Prime Minister commands an overall Senate majority and a slim supremacy in the Lower House.
After the trend of results became known, Mr. Ecevit went to his office where he was greeted by some of his supporters.
He later acknowledged the congratulations of his supporters by waving to them from the balcony of his home.
SYNOPSIS: Turkey's Opposition Leader, Bulent Ecevit, entered his office on Monday after being satisfied that the trend of Sunday's mid-term election results was going his way.
He was greeted by a number of his supporters who congratulated him on the gains his Social Democratic Republican Peoples Party had made so far. At the time, unofficial results showed that he had won twenty-five of the fifty-four Senate seats contested, a gain of seventeen. Unofficial estimates were that he had improved his electoral support by more than ten per cent.
Meanwhile, many of his supporters waited near his home to add their share of congratulations. Acknowledging their support, Mr. Ecevit told them that when the final count was taken his party would win the largest number of votes and might reach an absolute majority.