Turkey Update: Turkey in Growing Distress
November 1, 1996
The failure of the Turkish opposition to bring down the government through a parliamentary vote of censure on October 17 suggests at first glance that the controversial coalition between the Islamist Welfare Party (WP) and the center-right True Path Party (TPP) may be set for a longer stay in office than its opponents, and maybe even some of its supporters, predicted. After their successful performance in the municipal elections on November 4 — the WP and the TPP each polled around 30% of the vote — Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller are certainly trying to foster that impression. However, while nothing should come as a surprise in the increasingly turbulent world of Turkish politics, it still seems unlikely that the coalition will be able to serve out the remainder of the current parliamentary term which comes to an end in the year 2000.