TURKEY: Ciller and Yilmaz agree coalition deal

08 March 1996

The Motherland (ANAP) and True Path (DYP) parties have agreed the outlines of a coalition government that will keep the Islamist Refah Party out of power, caretaker prime minister Tansu Ciller told reporters on 28 February after meeting ANAP leader Mesut Yilmaz. The two will meet again on 1 March to discuss who will lead the coalition first under a rotating premiership, an issue which has scuppered previous attempts at a deal. Refah came first in the December elections, causing trepidation in Turkey's secular establishment, but failed to form a coalition with ANAP. The country's business leaders have been keen to see a right-wing coalition formed, which can push through economic reforms and keep the Islamists out of the government.

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