Monday, December 21, 1998 Published at 11:59 GMT
Turkey restarts search for government
Mesut Yilmaz: Accused of having mafia links
Turkish Prime Minister-designate Bulent Ecevit has formally abandoned attempts to form a new minority government.
He said he had informed President Suleyman Demirel that he was unable to gather enough support.
Virtue has said it wants to be allowed to form the next government.
However, the Turkish armed forces and secularist establishment view the Islamists with suspicion.
The Turkish president announced after his meeting with Mr Ecevit that he would now invite party leaders for another round of consultations before appointing a new prime minister-designate.
Parliament ousted the government of Mesut Yilmaz in a no-confidence vote on 25 November for alleged links with organised crime.
Deputies accused Mr Yilmaz, who has since been serving as acting premier, of entertaining ties with the mob and tampering with the sale of a state bank.
Personal rivalries between political leaders have fragmented both the left and right.
Mr Ecevit, head of the Democratic Left party, tried in vain to form a coalition government with two rival centre-right parties - led by Mr Yilmaz and Mrs Ciller.
His efforts to make a minority coalition with outside backing for his party from parliament also failed.