Yildirim Aktuna's resignation was the latest in a series of desertions from Tansu Ciller's True Path Party, and wiped out the government's majority. Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan met Mrs Ciller - who doubles up as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister - to confirm the co-option of the Grand Union Party into the government, and to discuss a timetable for elections. Christopher de Bellaigue - Ankara
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A piqued ex-minister yesterday skittled the parliamentary majority of Turkey's government, even as senior figures from the Welfare Party and the True Path Party discussed conditions for early elections.