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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 00:34 GMT 01:34 UK

World: Europe

Turkish coalition talks in trouble

A key party has pulled out of coalition talks with the Prime Minister-designate in Turkey, Bulent Ecevit.

The move, by the far-right Nationalist Action Party or MHP, came after Mr Ecevit's wife -- who is also deputy chair of his party -- said she was deeply suspicious about the nationalists, and their involvement in violent street clashes in Turkey in the 1970's.

The leader of the MHP, Devlet Bahceli, condemned the remarks which he said had ruined the atmosphere of trust at the talks.

The BBC Ankara correspondent says it's not clear where this leaves efforts to form a new government; he says such public posturing often hides hard political bargaining, but plenty of bad blood remains in Turkey between left and right.

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