Islamist Plan Censure After Parliament Opens

ANKARA (Reuter)–A senior Islamist opposition member of parliament said Wednesday his party would launch a censure motion against the secularist government of Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz after parliament opens on October 1.

"In our (party) group meeting–after the process of electing a new parliamentary speaker–we will work towards that subject (a censure motion) and set up commissions and determine our course of action," Salih Kapusuz from the Islam-based Welfare Party told Reuters.

The first job of parliament when it convenes on October 1 is to elect a new speaker.

The mass circulation Hurriyet newspaper said on Wednesday Welfare would submit a censure motion over the appointment of a close relative of Yilmaz to the board of Turkish Airlines as soon as parliament opened in October.

The motion would be supported by Welfare’s former government allies the True Path Party plus a small extreme right-wing party–the paper said.

Some senior members of the Democratic Turkey Party–partners in Yilmaz’s loose conservative-led coalition were also unhappy over the appointment–it said.

"Because we cannot bring down the government alone–we will also view the inclinations of other political parties and decide what steps are to be taken," Kapusuz said.

Prime Minister Yilmaz came to power in June after the collapse of the Welfare-led coalition under Necmettin Erbakan following months of wrangling with the country’s powerful military over a perceived rise in Islamic activism.


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