The recently elected 400-member Turkish parliament met in Ankara for the first time on November 24 following elections earlier this month.
GV INTERIOR Turkish Parliament. Applause from members.
GV Members seated.
SV Newly elected Prime Minister Turgot Ozal.
SV Members seated and crowd watching.
GV President Kenan Evren, flanked by four colleagues, speaking. (Turkish SOT). (3 SHOTS)
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Background: The recently elected 400-member Turkish parliament met in Ankara for the first time on November 24 following elections earlier this month. Prime Minister Bulend Ulusu, who had been in office since the 1980 military coup, formally resigned. He is to be succeeded by the newly elected Prime Minister Turgot Ozal, leader of the conservative Motherland Party which won a clear majority with 211 seats in the general elections. After being sworn in, the members adjourned until December 1 when they are to elect an assembly chairman and parliamentary officers. Associated Press said President Kenan Evren asked Ulusu to stay on as caretaker Premier, and added that his resignation gave him time to stand for election as speaker of the one-chamber assembly. Evren was expected to ask Ozal to form a new government in December, Ozal had previously worked with Ulusu as deputy premier in charge of the economy. Ulusu himself successfully stood for parliament as an independent on the ticket of the conservative nationalist Democracy Party of retired General Turgot Sunalp, whose military-backed party took only 71 seats. The populist party of Necdet Calp became the major opposition party with 117 seats.