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Wednesday, June 3, 1998 Published at 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK


Turkish prime minister to resign

Prime Minister says April 18 looks 'likely' date for elections

The Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has said he will resign at the end of this year, with early elections next April.

His announcement came after a meeting with the left-wing politician Deniz Baykal.

Mr Baykal's Republican Peoples Party has backed Mr Yilmaz's minority coalition since it came to power last June in return for assurances that early elections would be held.

Mr Yilmaz said that following his resignation an interim government would lead the country to polls at which voters would elect both national and local government representatives.

"Although a definite date is not certain, April 18 looks likely," he said.

Mr Yilmaz's coalition of right and left-wing parties came to power last year after the military forced the previous Islamic-led government out of power.

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