Turkish President, Kenan Evren, congratulated Conservative Motherland Party leader, Turgut Ozal, on his big victory in the country's general elections, held on November 6.
SV INTERIOR Ozal entering room and greeted by Evren.
SV President Evren speaking to newsmen. (Turkish SOT)
SV EXTERIOR Ozal speaking to newsmen. (English SOT) (4 SHOTS)
REPORTER: (SEQ 3) "Will you do more, for example, for the Turkish workers living in Germany?"
OZAL: "Yes .... I think the main bulk is in Germany and the main problem is coming from Germany also. And we said that we will try to make a better bargain with the German Government in that aspect."
REPORTER: "Have you been asked to start preparing for the Government or is it too early to say that?"
OZAL: "It's too early, but as you can see that what the President explained today he has seen that a party has been elected by the people - without any coalition - and he's glad about that because he always suggested that we should have a no-coalition Government."
REPORTER: "So he's inferring that you will be the Prime Minister?"
OZAL: "Yes ... yes - that's the democratic process."
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Background: Turkish President, Kenan Evren, congratulated Conservative Motherland Party leader, Turgut Ozal, on his big victory in the country's general elections, held on November 6. Mr. Ozal went to the Presidential Palace in Ankara to meet President Evren on November 8. According to the latest results of the poll -- still to be officially confirmed -- the Motherland Party won 212 seats in the 400-seat assembly, followed by the Populist Party with 117 seats and the Nationalist Democratic Party with 71 seats. The elections were the first to be held in Turkey since the military coup of 1980, and President Evren said the results, giving Ozal a clear majority meant there would be no need for a coalition. Both Evren and Ozal attacked foreign news reports suggesting that the Motherland Party's victory was a blow to the military who had wanted the NDP to win. Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Ozal said he had not yet started to think about his cabinet, but confirmed he expected to be appointed Prime Minister.