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Friday, May 21, 1999 Published at 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK

World: Europe

Coalition offer to Turkey's far right

Turkey's Prime Minister-designate, Bulent Ecevit, says he has offered a coalition partnership to the far-right Nationalist Action Party, the MHP.

Mr Ecevit told reporters he aimed to form a coalition made up of his Democratic Left Party, the MHP, and the centre-right Motherland Party.

MHP's leadership is expected to discuss the offer on Saturday.

The party made major gains in last month's elections, but coalition talks between it and the Democratic Left broke down after Mr Ecevit's wife -- also deputy leader of his party -- said she was deeply suspicious of the nationalists.

But Mr Ecevit told the party leaders today he had confidence in them.

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