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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkish Bloc Doubts

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's loose-knit coalition, and with it the political fortunes of former premier Tansu Ciller, may begin to unravel Wednesday when parliament weighs a corruption probe into her years in power.

At issue in the debate, and a similar case early next month, are wide-ranging charges of irregularities surrounding government contracts and privatization of state assets during Ciller's tenure, from June 1993 until March.

Ciller's conservative coalition partners appear poised to abandon her at the first real opportunity. Her rival-turned-partner Mesut Yilmaz, now prime minister and leader of the Motherland Party has so far refused to stand by Ciller -- due to return to the premiership in January under a power-sharing agreement.