WORLD : Turkey Elects Unpopular Leader

From Times Wire Services

A half-empty Parliament elected Prime Minister Turgut Ozal as Turkey’s first civilian president in three decades today after a bitter vote boycotted by opposition parties.

Left- and right-wing opposition politicians vowed to use all constitutional means to oust Ozal, who polls say is rejected by seven out of 10 Turks.

Ozal takes office Nov. 9, succeeding former general Kenan Evren, who led the 1980-83 military clampdown that crushed the political extremist violence of the late 1970s.