Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turks Coalition Official




ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's president approved a new coalition government Friday that brings a far-right nationalist party to power for the first time since a 1980 military coup, under the premiership of veteran left politician Bulent Ecevit.


The approval gives Turkey a strong executive in time for Monday's opening of the trial of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.


It also marks the return to power of the Nationalist Movement Party, a strong opponent of minority rights for Turkey's Kurds.


Nationalist leader Devlet Bahceli was named deputy prime minister and nationalist Sabahattin Cakmakoglu as new defense minister.


Ecevit's Democratic Left Party held on to many of the key positions, keeping Ismail Cem as foreign minister.