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Turkey: Minister Designate Predicts Government Approval

Ankara, 26 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Turkey's prime minister-designate Mesut Yilmaz said today that Turkey's President Suleyman Demirel has promised to approve any government he forms in coalition with three other secularist parties.

Yilmaz also told a press conference in Ankara today that he would present a government list to Demirel at the start of next week. Under Turkish law, the president has to approve the bid to form a new government before it goes to parliament for a confidence vote.

Correspondents say that the coalition led by Yilmaz's Motherland party is currently short of a majority in the 550-seat parliament.

Yilmaz is due to meet the leaders of his three coalition allies later today. The Party of the Democratic Left (DSP), the People's Republic Party (CHP) and the Party for a Democratic Turkey (DTP) all pledged their support for Yilmaz during meetings earlier this week.

The coalition is intended to keep Islamists out of power. A coalition led by Turkey's former Islamist prime minister Necemettin Erbakan lost power last week.