Turkish Foreign Minister to resign: Report

Ankara, July 10: Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has decided to resign from the government and from the DSP party of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, whose coalition is already on the brink of collapse, the CNN-Turk television channel reported today, quoting aides to Cem.

Ankara, July 10: Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has decided to resign from the government and from the DSP party of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, whose coalition is already on the brink of collapse, the CNN-Turk television channel reported today, quoting aides to Cem.
If the report is confirmed, it could lead to the downfall of Ecevit's government as Cem would take with him several other DSP deputies.

The 77-year-old Prime Minister has seen his Democratic Left party and government crumble in the past two days as more than 30 lawmakers, including six ministers, resigned and his coalition partners have backed increasing calls for early elections.

The defections -- triggered by the ailing Ecevit's refusal to step down -- were spearheaded by Husamettin Ozkan, his former right-hand man, and have ended the DSP'S majority in the 550-seat parliament and put it in second place after the MHP.

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